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post #1 of 7 Old 05-18-2013, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Hoof Model

I am interested in becoming a farrier, focusing on barefoot work. Unfortunately in my area, being an aporentice is unlikely. As of right now, I am.reading as many books and watching as many videos as I can. I know this won't get me the experience I need, but its a start until I move in a few months.

Someone mentioned to me that there is a model I can buy online. It is a fake horse hoof that has similar textures to a real hoof. It can be trimmed with farrier tools as easily as a real hoof. From my google searches, I can't find what he was talking about.

Have any of you ever heard of that? I think it would be a great way to start. I wouldn't have to worry about harming a horse, and it is good practice until I move and can become an apprentice farrier :P
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-18-2013, 12:06 AM
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Actually I think the hooves that are used for practise are from slaughter houses.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-18-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Meh :( well, there's gotta be a synthetic version, right?
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Everything I've ever seen is from cadavers. Kind of a one time use either way....
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-18-2013, 10:04 PM
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Yeah, I too have only seen real ones. After all, a plastic model wouldn't be worth much if you trimmed it - could only use it once anyway. You can buy freeze dried & varnished cadaver hooves & legs, sagittal sections, dissections, etc. These are great educational pieces. If you want to practice your trimming on something you can't hurt, getting forelegs from the knackers is a good idea. Wrap the leg in a plastic bag & duct tape, leaving the hoof protruding for trimming. If you're strapped for cash(freeze dried is expensive) you can also dry your own cadavers. I've done this, first & then periodically soaking them in metho, to kill bugs & help them dry, then once completely dry, you can varnish. The knackers has band saws, so they can do sagittal & other cuts too.
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I am interested in becoming a farrier, focusing on barefoot work. Unfortunately in my area, being an aporentice is unlikely. As of right now, I am.reading as many books and watching as many videos as I can. I know this won't get me the experience I need, but its a start until I move in a few months.

Someone mentioned to me that there is a model I can buy online. It is a fake horse hoof that has similar textures to a real hoof. It can be trimmed with farrier tools as easily as a real hoof. From my google searches, I can't find what he was talking about.

Have any of you ever heard of that? I think it would be a great way to start. I wouldn't have to worry about harming a horse, and it is good practice until I move and can become an apprentice farrier :P
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It might be easier to apprentice as it gets hotter. Especially being a helper to a farrier for nothing except learning.
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It might be easier to apprentice as it gets hotter. Especially being a helper to a farrier for nothing except learning.
I mean it is impossible to be an apprentice in my area. I am 120 miles from the closest town, and in my area, there is only one farrier. From what I have heard, he quit, or is only working with a select few amount of people (the majority of people in this area do not know how to properly care for a horse and refuse to learn - he is tired of dealing with it, I can't blame him there.)
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