I've been doing Lacey's hooves myself for some time, as some of you know, and it's not looking like I'm going to stop doing them myself anytime soon. SO, I'm thinking that perhaps I should get a higher quality rasp and a quality hoof knife to be my "friends" for the long haul.
I'd like to stay under $40 for each item but, as far as the rasp goes, I need it to be sharp, not clog super easily (the one I have now clogs like a jerk), and able to survive humidity. I store my hoof care tools in my grain bin where it stays super dry but since I do live in Oregon, during the winter, that rasp does see dampness. I make sure to not let it get wet-wet but my current rasp has gotten somewhat rusty just from the dampness it has encountered.
As far as a hoof knife, I don't have one right now and I'm not sure how much I would really end up using it but I probably should have one in my "arsenal".
I have this one bookmarked as a good one...I think someone recommended it on another thread? The Billy Loop Knife | PTBLK
Since I'll likely not be using it a ton, can I get away with a cheaper one or should I stick with that?
As far as a rasp goes, I have no idea what I'm looking for. If I order the above knife, I'd like to order the rasp from the same site to avoid extra shipping costs... Here's a list of their options. Horse Rasps
Rasp-wise, I don't particularly care about a "perfect" finish or anything like that. Really, right now all I'm pretty much using on my rasp is the really sharp side. The "finishing" side sees use maybe once every 3 trims..maybe.
I'm the only one looking at her hooves so yknow...