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    03-27-2012, 03:08 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.
I've been happy with these from Jeffers ($8.95) for years. They're very sharp and have lasted well Jeffers® Tanged Hoof Rasp

I did make the mistake of trying a cheap one from horse.com when my wife was ordering other things. The one from horse.com ($9.99) was so dull, I doubt it would file my nails let alone a hoof Standard Farriers Rasp - Horse.com On the positive side, they did refund my $$ without having to return it.
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    03-27-2012, 02:34 PM
Alright, so I bought a farriers rasp at the feed store down the road, it was the only one they had, and it was like 25 dollars. I thought they were going to be a load more, and when I found out it was only 25 dollars I was thrilled, but now that you guys are saying you buy them for 10$~ WOW~ Oh well, it seems sharp, and nice :P Another question, should I be getting a handle for it? Or do you not need them?
    03-27-2012, 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by Gallop On    
Another question, should I be getting a handle for it? Or do you not need them?
You don't need one, but it will make it easier for you to work with the rasp.
    03-28-2012, 12:50 AM
Green Broke
I can't believe you guys get them so cheap. Definitely going to check out the Jeffer's rasp.
Also, what do you do with the dull rasps? I can't find any one who will recycle them & it seems such a waste to throw them away.
    03-28-2012, 01:26 AM
My father and I use the riders rasp to take off the "the corners" of a hoof and to put a roll on the toe. However we use a regular rasp for any heavier work. Riders rasp is more of a quick fix type of thing if your boots won't quite fit. It's handy to have around and really easy to use. Regular rasp takes more off the hoof quicker but it's tricky to get the hang of.
    03-28-2012, 04:06 AM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
Also, what do you do with the dull rasps? I can't find any one who will recycle them & it seems such a waste to throw them away.
We give them away to folks that work with wood (they are usually still sharp enough to be semi-useful on pine), use them to prop up wobbly tables, make great paper weights, or our county recycling will take them in the scrap metal pile.

BTW, as with any tool, if you take care of it, it will stay sharp longer. When you're done, clean it off, spray it with light oil or WD-40, and store it where it won't get nicked (e.g. You can get a leather cover).
    03-28-2012, 07:58 AM
Alright, so... I decided to try and attempt to use the rasp yesterday, and I succeeded in doing NOTHING to his foot, it looked the exact same, but I didn't take the advice and wear gloves, and my hands are literally in shreds. Like serisouly. Its horrible... Like way horrible. I have huge cuts all over both hands, and peeled skin, and it looks like I stuck my hands in a blender... Its bad... I WILL wear gloves next time, for SURE.
    03-28-2012, 10:14 AM
I own both. I use the Riders Rasp (cost about $35 plus tax) for quick fixes or just to trim the hoof in small amounts. I use the actual rasp (cost unknown since my sis got it for me) for any serious work that needs done. My farrier comes out about every 5-6 wks to do a full up trim on the horses.

I do find the Riders Rasp more comfortable on my hands. But, it has limited ways to use it. I strongly recommend gloves for using the regular rasp as it does rip you up if you happen to come in contact with your hands. I envy how easy farriers make it look...lol.

Good luck in your choice. I also use boots....but only when we are going to ride on hard ground/gravel/ect.
    03-28-2012, 10:17 AM
Rasp all the way. It gives much more flexibility comparable to riders rasp. However I'd suggest to get a better quality one: that will lasts you for long long time (and I found those cheap chinese ones are not nearly as good as a good brand one).
    03-30-2012, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
I get my $10 rasp at the local feed store that also supplies the farriers. I don't know the brand, but I've had this one for 2 years now and its still nice and sharp. I have tried ones from other places that are around the same price range or sometimes more and aren't as sharp new as this one is old.

However - I do miss my black master. The thing rusted long before it went dull.

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