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        08-16-2013, 11:58 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    A really easy read and very logical approach you can find on Bare Foot Horse
    It'll give you a good start.
    You'll need nippers, a rasp a knife and a sharpener( which I never have hence the mentioning lol)
    Don't get the cheapest. You do get what you pay for in tools. Any online vet supply has usually a cheap and a better brand.
    Take it slow, do two feet at a time, don't make it a back- breaking event, you can do frequent touch- ups when necessary.
    There are knowledgeable folks here who will guide you
         
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        08-16-2013, 03:57 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SEAmom    
    Pfb, is there a particular brand you recommend for tools for just getting into things? I looked online and was seeing recommendations for the top of the line stuff for serious farrier work.
    Since I'm an amateur, I just don't buy the cheapest on or the priciest one. With one horse it should last you a good long time. You may need a knife sharpener too. There are lots of places to shop, but I usually end up at alvinfarriersupply.
         
        08-16-2013, 04:02 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    A really easy read and very logical approach you can find on Bare Foot Horse
    It'll give you a good start.
    You'll need nippers, a rasp a knife and a sharpener( which I never have hence the mentioning lol)
    Don't get the cheapest. You do get what you pay for in tools. Any online vet supply has usually a cheap and a better brand.
    Take it slow, do two feet at a time, don't make it a back- breaking event, you can do frequent touch- ups when necessary.
    There are knowledgeable folks here who will guide you

    Nippers , I'm not sure you'll need right away. I was too timid to use them the first year. If you're correcting after a farrier trim, I don't think you'll need them right away.

    Deserthorsewoman is right about touching them up frequently. I used to touch up as my horse ate her grain. Oh, and a hoof angle gauge. That Barefoot Hoof site is real good.
         
        08-16-2013, 10:07 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I was at one point in my life right where you are now! I had to learn how to trim my horses myself. I am now learning to shoe my own now and if I do say so myself I am doing a pretty good job!
    For tools I would recommend starting with a Beltoa safe edge rasp. Next for a hoof knife that's a personal preference item. I have a Frost brand oval hoof knife and I love it for doing bar work! Hoofnippers when you are ready for them I would get the best pair you can find! If you check out Pieh tool they sell a set of hoof nippers that are modeled after the GE hoof nippers their reasonably priced too! Pieh tool is a fantastic place to order your supplies from I shop in their store all the time! What ever you do make sure that you avoid the really cheep chineese imports! They just don't hold up! Also a hoof jack is a awesome thing to have and is well worth the money spent! Check around you may find a used one that you could pick up cheeply!
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        08-16-2013, 11:14 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I agree w jayknee, bellota rasps are really good. And like others have said, it will most likely take you a while to build up to using nippers. Just make sure you get long handled nippers when you do get them. And, you will need a pair of gloves, a good sharp rasp will bite you! I don't know what brand my knife is, but just buy quality. My first knife was poopy - and the price reflected it (it was like $15 or something). I thought, "its a blade and a handle, a $15 one should get it". So much for thinking.

    I also got a hoofjack brand hoof jack. I don't really use it that much. I wish I had gotten a different one w a smaller footprint. Its a great idea, but it is cumbersome. You might see if you can borrow one before you buy one. They do make it a bit easier.

    I am sure you already have a cell phone. Taking pictures of each hoof and your work helps (it helped me, anyway).

    Somewhat like pfb, I had filed out chips and such on my own horses, but I had always had a farrier trim or shoe them (back when I had them shod).

    My farrier had me start on her horse. I was just to hesitant and afraid I would do some irreparable damage to even get started. She also checked my work on my mare as I first muttled along. That really helped me. If you can have a competent farrier work with you, it really helps. If you cannot do so right away, I wouldn't let that stop me from starting. Your initial efforts will really be getting to where you can maneuvering the rasp w ease, and will probably go rather slow.

    It is also a good idea to decide to do just the fronts in the morning, and the backs in the afternoon...or next day. It doesn't look that taxing, but it can be in the summer.

    Go for it!
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        08-17-2013, 12:57 PM
      #16
    Foal
    One more thing when you buy your rasp don't froget to get a handle for it! I went way too long without one and when I finally spent that 6 bucks for one I had to kick myself for not buying one sooner!
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        08-17-2013, 05:11 PM
      #17
    Banned
    Heck my rasp still has no handle doesn't bother me a bit I wear gloves. Iam now to the point I can do all four hoofs at one time. I also have nippers I have used them several times now......really not hard to do.

    Do admit iv done a few hack jobs but oh well at least iam not paying for it.
         
        08-17-2013, 09:13 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Spirit, the good thing about hack jobs is you swear you'll never do it again, LOL.
    In the heat, I just do 2 at a time. They still take me quite a while.
         
        08-17-2013, 09:24 PM
      #19
    Banned
    Princessfluffybritches. That swearing ill never hack job my horses again hasn't worked. I try to only use the rasp for the most part less likely to hack job them. Got no one to blame but myself if my horse comes up lame after a trim. So far so good haven't lamed any one up yet.
         

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