01-23-2014, 07:42 PM
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Just test everything out yourself and forget what they said, but for safety reasons assume she doesn't know (aka don't just hop on her in a halter) and go slow.
No harm in doing her feet yourself but if you don't have any farrier training please don't take the nippers to them! Either make sure you know what you're doing or if not 100% make sure you have a competent farrier. Even if you do have a basic idea it's good to have a farrier check them every now and then anyways to make sure you are on the right track; and if they haven't been touched in awhile then I would make a point of having a good farrier out to do a good trim and start them rehabbing.
It won't hurt for you to rasp them a little bit and smooth down the edges- to touch them up while waiting for a farrier or in between visits, but please don't start "hacking away" at them (no nippers!) It's not like your fingernail, the animals whole structure rests on their hooves and there are bones inside. You can cripple the animal if you don't do stuff right.
Sorry if I misunderstood you - if you are knowledgeable or eager to learn and do it yourself (correctly and with guidance!) go for it. I'm just getting the impression you have never done this before and decided it would be easier to just do it yourself.