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How do I trim my horse's hooves?

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    08-17-2012, 09:42 AM
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Foal
Question How do I trim my horse's hooves?

Good evening from Australia!

I was wondering if anyone can give me a blow by blow for how to trim my horse's hooves. I'd like to be more self-sufficient and learn a useful skill.

I don't wish to put shoes on my horse, just trim barefoot hooves.

If anyone can help shed some light and provide helpful hints I'd very much appreciate it!


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    08-17-2012, 10:01 AM
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Green Broke
Do you have farrier schools in your area?
     
    08-17-2012, 10:03 AM
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Trained
Not something you can learn from some cage instructions on the Internet. You could cause damage to your horse.

Get some books, read them back to front and ask your carrier to teach you. Doing it that way you will learn how to trim your specific horse - you wouldn't know enough to trim other people's horses safely but you could do your own.

If its something you want to do on a more serious level, go to farrier school.
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    08-17-2012, 10:06 AM
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Foal
I will look on the net to see if I can find a farrier school.

Thanks!
     
    08-17-2012, 10:36 AM
  #5
Trained
If you're willing to move there's plenty! Kentucky Horseshoeing School, Heartland Horseshoeing School and the program at Cornell University all came highly recommended to me when I was thinking about it.
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    08-17-2012, 02:52 PM
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Weanling
Check out Bare Foot Horse

Very informative and easy to follow.
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    08-17-2012, 09:07 PM
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Trained
Where in Oz are you? Check out Mayfield Barehoof Care Centre Home Page & look at the workshops page, as Andrew teaches across the country. If that's no good to you, you might ask him about *good* trimmers in your parts who might teach you.
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    08-17-2012, 09:42 PM
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Foal
I wouldn't feel overwhelmed or discouraged - barefoot trimming really isn't too difficult. I'm not saying don't research more, certainly educated yourself, but it's definitely do-able!

The key to a good trim is to keep everything symmetrical. Toes short. Edges round. Heels level and back underneath the foot.

I see people have given you some good resources but also do your own research and see what styles you like best!

Good luck!
     
    08-17-2012, 10:16 PM
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Trained
Sorry to be pedantic MyBoy, but think it's vital to understand the principles & what lies beneath first & foremost, which make me want to elaborate on a couple of your comments...

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The key to a good trim is to keep everything symmetrical.
Maintenance trimming of 'good' and symmetrical feet is one thing. But IME that type of foot is far less common than 'normal' not-quite-symmetrical feet which are generally compromised in some way. It's important to understand how to deal with these too, which is not about making them symmetrical or forming 'ideal' angles & measurements.

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do your own research and see what styles you like best!
Most definitely do your own research, into different approaches & the principles that buide them, so you can make a more objective decision on what specifics may be best for your horse, in his situation, regardless of what you might like best.
     
    08-17-2012, 10:22 PM
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Foal
Good point loosie! I was rather vague - I'm a new member so always feel free to elaborate for me, not used to typing so much!
     

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