Are Rider's Rasps any good?
My horse's (barefoot) hooves are dry and chipping because of the extremely dry weather, and I would like to minimize the chipping. I'm putting hoof conditioner on her hooves, and corona on her coronet bands and the bulbs of her heels to help with the dryness--and it sure helps--but the edges of her hooves are chipping too much. So I am thinking it would help to blunt the edges of her hooves (but not extreme like a Mustang roll or anything).
I saw the Rider's Rasp in an ad and I'm wondering if it works. I have had no experience with a real rasp so I can't just use an old one. I read on some reviews that a lot of people don't like the Rider's Rasp because it doesn't take off much with each stroke... but thats okay with me because I don't want to screw up her hooves by accident. I just think it would be good for me to help out her hooves like this periodically (about every two or three weeks?), until the farrier comes. He comes out every eight to nine weeks by the way.
So has anyone here used this? Or know someone who does? Does it work and is it easy to use? I think there is a medium finisher, a medium course, and a course rasp to put on the rasp holder, and if I use the coursest one do I have to use the finisher to smooth it out? And what brand is the best? The Economy Rider's Rasp is way cheaper but I want to get a decent one if they work. What is different about it than the $60 one?
**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**