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post #1 of 8 Old 06-22-2013, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Hey! I am interested to learn how to trim my horses hoofs. He is barefoot and easy to trim. Does anybody have any ideas on learning how to? I have seen basic kits for around $50 and in the long run it would be much cheaper for me and I could also earn a bit of money doing my friend's horse's feet. But I want to learn how to first. Any ideas?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-22-2013, 10:25 AM
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This is something you really should do right because you can cause injury to a horse. There's a lot of farrier schools that offer 2 week barefoot trimming courses. I'd suggest starting there.
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Yeah, thats what I was worried about. I don't want him feeling uncomfortable because I want to save money. Good Idea, I will look around for a school. Thanks for the suggestion! ;)
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-22-2013, 10:45 AM
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You might even want to check your local community college to see if they have a farrier program.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-22-2013, 12:33 PM
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IMO, learning to trim is pretty simple.....if you're willing to dedicate the effort into learning the subject.

I purchased a dvd set and spent hours on the internet learning. Actually more than hours, it became an obsession. All of my free time was spent learning about the hoof for a couple of months. I really took to heart the saying, "no hoof, no horse", so I gave up tv and other pointless activities and focused my time to learn as much as I could. And of course the dvd set is something like 20 hours in length and I watched that probably four to five times, and would also refer back to it. But I don't want to suggest that anymore because I learned something a couple weeks ago that totally altered the way I approach barefoot trimming, which is hoof mapping.........

Google hoof mapping or elpo hoof mapping, and get on youtube and watch thehappyhoof videos ...... actually here's a link thehappyhoof - YouTube she also has a yahoo group..... here it is, thehappyhoof : The Happy Hoof. When I started out learning to barefoot trim a few years ago I was also learning from her videos, and she no longer does the type of barefoot trimming I learned back then. She now does a barefoot trim by hoof mapping and she is getting better results. If you watch all of her videos where she is doing hoof mapping you'll get a pretty good base of knowledge built. And just google the terms you don't understand.

But now that I've said all this....if you're the type of person that doesn't learn very well by self teaching then I suggest what others have said. Learn what you can on the internet, but find yourself someone that can also teach you the experience. Though the downside is that they may not be up to date on what will give the best results. But IMO, if your horses are pretty sound and don't have any serious deformoties of the hoof then it's really pretty dang simple......if you're willing to dedicate the time. And really it's my opinion that if you have a horse you should know about the hoof and how to maintain it.

Here's one more site..... The Barefoot Horse - an Introductory Guide to Barefoot & Booting I really was unsure if I wanted to post this site, because if you learn some of this stuff you may need to unlearn it as you learn about hoof mapping. But I think over all it will help add a stronger knowledge base.

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One of the best, easiest to understand and follow, no-nonsense, most logical way of learning, understanding and doing your own barefoot trims is, IMO, Bare Foot Horse

Parallel to studying there I would try to find a trimmer and ask if I could go with him/ her for a while, for the hands-on experience.

The rasp you posted.....is just as advertised...for a quick touch up. Not for everyday use.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-22-2013, 01:06 PM
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OOOPS. That last site that I posted a link to......disregard. I typed in the wrong address, and I cant edit the post now. deserthorsewoman got the address correct.

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learning first can be accomplished as others have suggested by dvd, school, whatnot. If you have a good farrier or can find one, they can get you started in the right direction and check your work as you get going. And dvds along with the ocean of info online can keep you "learning" in the right direction.

As far as expense goes - you can't do any job well w/o the right tools - and for trimming the "right tools" are a bit of an investment up front...and it's a bit more than $50 ;). Like a poster said above, the rasp you are looking at is just for emergency touch up.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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