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post #11 of 14 Old 07-28-2014, 10:37 AM
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When I first started doing it I actually considered getting an archers style wrist guard. Always had these little sliced from slipping with the knives. Still 4 or 5 little scars on my wrists and I haven't (knock on wood) slipped in many years.

Got one good on on my forearm because I was stupid and tried to hang on to a horse that wanted a break. Immediately drove myself to the hospital for a tetanus booster. That was a hassle. Tried my doctor and my pediatrician first and they said they had none. So I sat in the ER for 3 hours with a nurse who kept telling me I needed to put the hospital johnny on. Finally told her it was my arm and not my butt. Had a bored toddler in tow. Then listen to doctor who wanted to prescribe all kinds of antibiotics and give a couple of stitches. Finally had to get a little snarly to just get the shot.

I had a cheap pair of leather gloves that worked pretty good. I admit I'm bad about wearing gloves. I do remember skinning my hands up pretty good in the beginning.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-28-2014, 07:06 PM
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^Hospitals huh??! When i started in this game, I felt the need for leather welding gloves up to the elbows! Did once consider a vest too, cos I nearly gave myself a mastectomy too when I was a beginner with the knife! Thank goodness for the advent of loop knives, which are also safer, with the way you use them. An apron, or cutproof motorbike pants or such, are also a safety consideration, as there are a lot of major arteries in you thighs, close to the surface.

But gloves... IME you get the hang of the knife pretty quick, but still these days, rasped knuckles happen every so often when I go barehanded... & rasped knuckles are an unpleasantness I'd prefer to avoid.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-28-2014, 09:34 PM
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Self-inflicted mastectomy? Zoiks!

yeah, my knife technique is not...hmm....professional? Correct? Polished? So gloves it will be for me for a long time.

A pair of "rose gauntlets" might suffice for those wanting more arm protection. I think the first pair on that site I linked was a pair of rose gauntlets.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-05-2014, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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ooh! lots of good advice here. Thank you everyone!

My decision comes after trying to find a closer less expensive farrier, who could do barefoot trims. The one farrier that I love his work, and he's great with the horses, is expensive and hard to schedule. But.. he has said he'll help me learn what to look for and the correct way to file. He even said i could text him pictures if I had questions.

I just had Bass' hooves done the other day. So my first "lesson" is to keep them filed till his next "trim" appointment. The farrier said if i do it right he shouldn't need a trim by then.

theres a farrier supply place by my boyfriend, i'll have to see if he'll take me

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