The one I used to use was basically 100% slacking on her job (just a little rasping every 10 weeks to the tune of $35) and the one I'm currently using seems good but Lacey's feet are constantly chipping and they're obviously out of balance about 2 weeks post-trim.
I feel like, for $35 (new farrier charges the same as old farrier), the trim should last more than 2 weeks. This guy is reputed to be the best in the area...maybe he's the best for arena-bound horses and not for trail horses that wear hoof like crazy?
On top of that, Lacey grows/wears hoof slow/fast enough that when her feet OBVIOUSLY need rearranging, at 8 weeks, there's barely anything for the farrier to take off. He just nips a bit here, nips a bit there, runs a rasp over her feet, pares her sole a bit, and charges me $35
In any case, I'm pretty much fed up with it all.
I'm thinking, at least in the case of Lacey, I might be able to do a somewhat of a serviceable job, if only to stretch the visits out, since she grows hoof soooo slowly.
I did a little tiny bit of rasping today, just to even her front hooves out (her left front, instead of being totally rounded, it looked more like a circle someone tried to free-hand cut out of some paper, with one side rounded, the other side more square). I was pretty easily able to get the "problem" one (it seems to be just an issue of an unadressed flare going crazy) back in order, and I was able to smooth out the sharp bits sticking out from her right front (instead of chipping off, it had chipped/bent up and out) so I'm thinking that it probably wouldn't be too hard to do a little rasping every couple of weeks and keep things under control...
Anyway, are there certain things to keep in mind here? Certain "proper" ways of using a rasp?
I have absolutely no intention of using anything more major than a rasp, I don't have those skills. No hoof knife, no nippers. I don't want to give myself the tools to seriously mess anything up. The plan is to just remove snaggy things, major flaring, rounding the toes off when necessary, etc. Nothing too intense.
[I would just ask my farrier to help me but I asked him about it and he said that if I don't want to see chipping/have her hooves wear unevenly like they do, I should have him put shoes on Lacey and that doing anything between trims was totally unnecessary....so not going to get much help there...]
Thank you! :)