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post #11 of 18 Old 07-16-2012, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
Actually, I rarely use nippers, but I do have a pair of the 14" 'cutting edge' nippers from Jeffers and have no problem with them. Maybe it's the tool or perhaps you are just underestimating the effort it takes. At least to me, that hoof wall is really a lot thicker than it seems when looking at the bottom of the foot that is not all cleaned up. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that professional nippers would be better/easier.

BTW, the angle grinder ($30-$40 from Home Depot) was a gift from my wife (along with a hoof stand) to save this old man's back Even still, I no longer do all four mares in one morning...being 6'4" means my back needs to bend a lot more than it wants to these days.
Then its just me?

I think I am going to look into the angle grinder before I buy the high pricey nippers. Thanks, knowing that the same brand works for someone as well as what power tool to try helps quite a bit! Btw, I have the hoof jack, and it helps me too, and I am over a foot shorter than you! :) lordy! I think I have a small fortune in all of this stuff!! At least the angle grinder has some "other use" if I can't get proficient at using it on "practice wood pieces", or something. Meanwhile, the rasp works, its just more work. I am lazy.

She is in sand, so her feet are rarely packed. She has always been barefoot and does have thick walls for her size, though (13.2hh).

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 01:07 AM
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Look at the nipper head from the side. If it looks like 2 wedges coming together, its crap and only good for clipping nail clinched and wedging off a shoe.

Good nippers are sharp, have a cutting edge that lines up PERFECTLY and will clip YOUR nails cleanly and are thin profiled so they nip through thick hoof wall like butter. GE makes an awesome set of nippers worth every penny. If you have a good set, the length isnt as important unless you have a freak horse with draft horse walls (it happens sometimes and especially in dry weather lol. I sometimes need to employ a helper to help squeeze the nips shut on these iron footed creatures. )

If you are going to trim. Invest in a few key things and DONT skimp...GOOD nippers, a good sharp rasp ( I like the Blackmaster. Its A+) and a GOOD loop hoof knife (can be used with either hand this way)

The nippers will run you 200 bucks but they will last a lifetime if cared for properly. the rasp (get a handle too) about 30 and the knife about 30. Worth every cent.

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post #13 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 08:10 AM
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The pricey nippers are worth every penny. I have a pair that are probably 18 yrs old and I haven't sharpened them yet. I bought them ages ago at Meaders Supply. They still cut through summer hooves like butter.

I do admit the longer handles makes me a bit clumsy with them but with a shorter handled pair I'd loose too much leverage.

I'm not built like an Amazon. I'm a chubby, 5'4", 53 year old woman. Without good tools I couldn't trim my own.

You can find good nippers for just under $100. I think mine are Mustad's but I wouldn't swear to it without going to the shed and looking. Mine have 18" handles though and I'm not seeing those listed anywhere. Maybe the guys don't need the leverage the extra length gives and they have fallen out of fashion.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. So, either way you slice it - its me...for being cheap or weak! :) I think I will try my farrier's nippers when they check my work. That way, at least I will know if I am able to w a proven tool. I have really good rasps and least that! I went through the same thing w the knife, I had a cheap knife that couldn't touch her sole or frogs...I got an expensive one...and it works pretty well. She has the hardest little feet - and all 4 are white. So, yet another myth is dispelled!

The power tool sound too enticing to my lazy bone!!! I have to at least try it!

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post #15 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 04:48 PM
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You might want to try soaking the hooves before you trim. This will soften them up and makes nipping easier.

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post #16 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 11:09 PM
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Oh, one thing I wanted to mention about the GE nippers, if, at any point in your lifetime, they start to get dull or if they get damaged (even if it's your fault) you can send them in to be rebuilt-resharpened and you only have to pay shipping. So, theoretically, one pair would last you a lifetime, or more.

My brother has 3 pair and he just alternates them. Uses one pair with one as backup in his toolbox, leaves one at home. When one needs sharpened or something, he sends it in, starts using his "backup" pair and moves the 3rd pair from his house to his toolbox. When the rebuilt pair arrives, they stay at the house until it's time to do it again.

BUT, just trimming your own horses, you may never need them re-built. Jason generally sees well over 100 head a month.
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post #17 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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SHwew smrobs...the GE's will set you back a ways! But, a lifetime guarantee speaks volumes.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 05:52 PM
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We are tool using mamals.. think mechanical advantage!! there are nippers that instead of having a single hingepoint, have a mechanism that increases power by use of leverage. Give them a try.. might work for you.. but hey if your horse stands for an angle grinder.. more "power" to ya!!!LOL

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