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    07-20-2011, 04:12 AM
We haven't had a farrier out in going on 3 years now. We trim our own horses, and no, we're not experts, but we have enough knowledge to keep a sound horse sound, and our trimming has actually improved the hooves of about 6 different horses now.

Considering we only have 1 decent farrier anywhere within 1/2 an hour of here, and she is heavily booked and very expensive considering she insists on trimming every 3-4 weeks or not at all, we kind of need to trim our own... We have the good farrier look at them now and then and sometimes she suggests things to change but usually she is happy with their hooves.
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    07-20-2011, 04:31 AM
I've considered taking a course and doing trims on mine who aren't being shown or shod. Just never been brave enough to try it though we have all the tools. I do a little rasping to keep clean edges in between trims but haven't ever used my nippers or hoof knife (except to cut strings on hay bales lol!) Maybe I should ask the farrier for a few lessons, though if I were him I'd say no because he'd lose $500 every 6 weeks! Want to come to IN and teach me Loosie? :)
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    07-20-2011, 05:09 AM
^ I have only used my nippers once and i've been trimming ours for 2 years now! I only use the rasp, and the hoof knife rarely.
    07-20-2011, 05:10 AM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
^ I have only used my nippers once and i've been trimming ours for 2 years now! I only use the rasp, and the hoof knife rarely.
Same. We only use the nippers if we've just got a new horse in that needs a lot of wall off, because it would take a week of solid rasping to rasp the wall down enough!
    07-20-2011, 05:24 AM
^Wow! I don't think I'd get by without nipping some, mine are all fast growers but one. They are on a 6 wk schedule and don't ever need a major amount taken off but do need some.
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    07-20-2011, 05:27 AM
^we take a few mm off every few days to a week. It only takes 5 minutes and it makes sure the hoof balance is right even if there's uneven growth. We're stricter with it if we have a horse with hoof issues, the 'decent' farrier trims the same way we do and she trims 3-4 weekly so we usually stick with that unless we're trying to rehab a horse with problems.
    07-20-2011, 05:35 AM
That makes sense. Maybe I will give it a go on my broodmare who is only ridden lightly and see how it goes! Won't tell the farrier and see what he has to say in 5 weeks lol!
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    07-20-2011, 05:46 AM
Let us know how you go :)
    07-20-2011, 06:49 AM
Yep the only time I used them was on my mare who had very neglected overgrown feet.
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    07-20-2011, 08:23 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Want to come to IN and teach me Loosie? :)
Ha ha! Well, I do teach people, but it'd cost you a bit, considering you're in USA(I think) & I'm not! But seriously, that's a good idea, if you can find someone good to learn from, you might consider it an investment to fork out & have them come do a workshop with you or such. If you're in the USA, my personal feeling would be to get onto Pete Ramey(not sure if he does clinics ATM) and if he can't, he's sure to be able to put you onto someone in your general vacinity.

^Wow! I don't think I'd get by without nipping some, mine are all fast growers but one. They are on a 6 wk schedule
IMO if they need nipping, they're going too long between trims(I know, we all live in the Real World too tho...). I tend to find that for my clients, most are optimum on a 4-5 week schedule, but as per others, I just do a bit here & there on my own, usually something around fortnightly.

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