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  • Tack master 15in hoof nippers
  • Preferred hoof rasps

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    06-11-2013, 11:56 PM
Yeah, I made the mistake of originally getting the shorter handles believing it would be easier for me to "handle". NOT. The shorter ones might work if you live where it is moist and you pump iron regularly.....but, the more leverage the easier and more effective they are to use. Mine are 15".
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    06-12-2013, 12:15 AM
Green Broke
Makes sense! I had it backwards then haha. I live in coastal Texas. We tend to go through periods of lots of rain, then no rain, and repeat. I have read that the longer handles have thicker tips though, so maybe 15" wouldn't be the way to go? Maybe 14" would be a happy medium. Hmmm....
    06-12-2013, 03:21 PM
Black master rasps are my go to rasp. I love them and they last longer than the belottas I was using years ago. They cut great.

I use 15 inch GEs also. Can't beat them. They are a great investment and hold resale value very well IF you ever want to sell them.
    06-12-2013, 03:32 PM
Green Broke
I was hoping you'd chime in! I was reading up on the Black Master rasps yesterday and I think that's the brand I'm going to order. The longer things last, the better for me.

I am also really interested in the GE brand nippers although they're not in the budget currently. Once I get more serious about becoming a farrier(taking on a few clients) I'll be able to invest in a better pair. If I took just a rasp to any hoof at my barn(besides mine of course) I'd burn through them like crazy. I need the nippers for other horses, not mine, so I'm trying to save money where I can at this point before I delve any further into this.
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    06-12-2013, 03:47 PM
Yeah Its worth every penny for a good set of nippers. Saves rasps when you get good at nipping close to where you want the foot.
    06-12-2013, 03:57 PM
Green Broke
I've done just standard pasture trims on my own horses for the past ten years until I got Henny. I went through 3 farriers before finding my current one who is GREAT. Lately I've been rasping Henny's feet every week, and he'll come check on them every 3 weeks or so to make sure I'm doing well. I actually have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship kinda thing with him, though I'm so limited on when I can work with him due to my work schedule. I've only worked with him three times so far but I've learned a lot already.

I don't think any of the horses at my barn are on a regular trim schedule(excluding the three that are shod) so I think it'd be a good place for me to start. I just need a set of tools first!

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