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post #21 of 26 Old 09-08-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have any pics as it's too far post trim for anyone to judge the trim but Bella's feet are looking pretty shabby again, they started looking ratty about 3 weeks after the trim. We are now a day over 4 weeks and they are chipping huge chunks, I was going to try and rasp the edges off but I don't have a hoof stand and I'm no farrier lol, it was hard . Her next appt is supposed to be the 21st but I don't think she can wait that long so I sent my trimmer a facebook message telling her they are looking long and chipping a lot and that I didn't think she could wait 2 weeks so I was probably going to have my old farrier do them(he does my other 2 horses and the whole barn where she is, I really like him, just didn't want to stop using trimmer because I like her as well and she had been doing Bella for a year) " I was wondering if next time you do her tho if the toe could be shorter and if you could put more of a roll on them. I'm not sure if it would help, I know your the expert, but I really can't afford to do a 4 week schedule again." My trimmer has always seemed open to suggestions and feedback, so hopefully she get back to be soon
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I like the way you put it, except the "but I really can't afford to do a 4 week schedule again." 4 weekly is not unreasonable at all(depending on time of year, state of feet, etc, etc, of course) and you need to aim for *maintaining* her feet, not waiting for them to overgrow & become problematic before trimming. Perhaps you could ask her to show you how to do a 'brushup' in between her visits, to better maintain the feet without tightening up the trim sched. Yes, it is difficult to start with(remember it will get easier), but it's a lot about technique, so if she can show you how, it'll make it easier.
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I like the way you put it, except the "but I really can't afford to do a 4 week schedule again." 4 weekly is not unreasonable at all(depending on time of year, state of feet, etc, etc, of course) and you need to aim for *maintaining* her feet, not waiting for them to overgrow & become problematic before trimming. Perhaps you could ask her to show you how to do a 'brushup' in between her visits, to better maintain the feet without tightening up the trim sched. Yes, it is difficult to start with(remember it will get easier), but it's a lot about technique, so if she can show you how, it'll make it easier.
I'm glad I worded it well, She was on a 4 week schedule for a while but there wasn't a whole lot to take off at 4 weeks and because of my work schedule 5 weeks isn't feasible. I just figured I'd through that in there in case she wanted to suggest going back to 4 weeks, but at $50/trim it really does hurt the budget to do it more often lol, my expenses are a lot more then they were last year. I will ask her to give me some pointers when she comes up again. She uses a hoof stand tho and I don't think I'll get very far without one, I'm not very strong or coordinated so its hard for me to hold up her hoof and use the rasp, I also tried holding her leg between my legs like I've seen my other farrier do(although he's much stronger then I am lol) That didn't work at all

I need a hoof stand, but they are WAY too expensive!
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Hoof stands are nice, but assuming your horse is well behaved why not just use a 4x4 block of wood screwed into a 2x4 piece of wood cut to a reasonable height? If it's for the same horse everytime it doesn't need to be adjustable. My farrier just puts the horse's foot on her knee, when the horse is well behaved of course!
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Yeah, block of wood or such, or go to an auto suppliers & buy a couple of(sole in pairs) adjustable axle stands - with some foam or old carpet taped to the cradle part, does the job reasonably & much cheaper.... especially if you have a friend who wants the other one!
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I don't think a 4x4 screwed to a 2x4 would be stable enough for a hoof stand. You need a bigger base for sure.

Mine is the base of an old diner pedestal table, cut off to the appropriate height and then MDH did some fancy stuff for me with it. But really, just the pedestal would work with protection on the top of it for the hoof to sit on. Maybe a piece of a 4x4 would work there -- drill a hole the size of the pedestal in the block and use construction glue to attach it to the top of the pedestal. That will work instead of your knee if you like.

However, you'd absolutely need to learn how to hold the hoof with your legs unless you had a cup on your hoofstand.

I would ask your farrier to show you how to handle your horses feet this way and maybe she would also be willing to show you how to rasp just a touch off in between her visits. Maybe you can get strong enough with some practice. Try just cleaning the hooves while holding the hoof with your legs at first.
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