Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I started without nippers, no biggie. When you start you want to take off little bits at a time anyway. Rasp-rasp *look, analyze* rasp rasp.
Hoof knife, once you learn to hold it and use it certain ways for extra leverage, it's easy. Well, ... I still cut myself sometimes. I suspect I always will but it's hardly the end of the world.
Go ahead and be scared to touch the sole. I was. At first I only trimmed the bars with my knife, got them level to whatever sole there was, and when the foot started taking shape that extra sole just flaked out on it's own. When you learn more about judging sole depth and coffin bone location, then you can go ahead and clean that sole out if you think you need to. No one starts as an expert and people here give good advice when you need it (always have pictures!).
I'm sure there are some people who are thinking "shut up, amateur!" ahahaha So I will now
Last edited by KeroKero; 01-25-2014 at 10:18 PM.