Rasp or Riders rasp?

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    03-26-2012, 12:12 PM
Rasp or Riders rasp?

Im going to purchase my barefoot horse some hoof boot's, but before I invest in those I would like to purchase a file of some sort to be able to file his feet to keep them the same size to fit the boots. Our farrier comes out about every 2-3 months or so (Rusty gets ridden allot, and his feet stay nice and filed down naturally, but when I start putting the boots on, they wont be filed down anymore) so on our farriers 'off' times between the months that she doesnt come out, I would like to be able to file his feet down. I WILL have her show me how to file them down correctly, but I wanted to ask, should I be getting a riders rasp, or like a 'real' farriers rasp, and any other ideas to keep his feet filed down, I will be glad for! If any of you guys use hoof boots, how do you keep them fitting your horse? File them? What?
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    03-26-2012, 12:59 PM
Green Broke
A regular rasp is cheaper. Aren't those rider rasps like $35-40? I can get a farriers Rasp for $10-12 unless you are going really nice. Plus once you learn how to use it (and please do before messing with your horse's feet on your own) it won't be any harder than a rider's rasp.
    03-26-2012, 06:08 PM
I went with a real rasp, it's probably harder to use, and I did my knuckles quite a few times, but with the price of the riders rasp and the limited positions your can use it in I think your are better off with the real thing.
    03-26-2012, 07:09 PM
Yes, do go with a regular rasp...you can get a good generic for about $10...and do wear good gloves...they are very sharp and you can take off a lot of skin.
    03-27-2012, 12:05 AM



    03-27-2012, 12:32 AM
There's a reason farriers, trimmers & most owner-trimmers use the real tools
    03-27-2012, 12:45 AM
Green Broke
Ok, I want to know where you guys are buying rasp for $10. I just paid $30 for one last week, and that's on the cheaper side of things.
If you are worried about your hands get some leather work gloves to wear.
    03-27-2012, 01:07 AM
I have both, I like the rider's rasp better. I only put boots on if my horses get gimpy. Last yr, one of my horse's foundered so I wore them on her a few times, but normally I don't need them anymore.
    03-27-2012, 02:03 AM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
Ok, I want to know where you guys are buying rasp for $10. I just paid $30 for one last week, and that's on the cheaper side of things.
If you are worried about your hands get some leather work gloves to wear.
I know a number of places that sell cheap rasps(ebay for one), but find you get what you pay for - the cheaper ones I've experienced haven't been as sharp as my oldest bluntest ones.
    03-27-2012, 02:44 AM
I've found that my farrier's 'worn out' rasps are much sharper than what I can buy for a reasonable price, and they're generally happy to give them to me. :)
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