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        01-26-2013, 09:33 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    My dad learned how from a barefoot farrier 8 years ago and has been trimming his own horses ever since. I trim my mini horses hooves myself as well. I'd never try to put on a set of shoes myself but, I believe, if you really want to learn to trim you can. But it's better to learn from a farrier than from a book or youtube.
         
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        01-26-2013, 09:33 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    He trims every 6-8 weeks.
         
        01-26-2013, 10:29 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MyJumper    
    How often would a horse that's barefoot need his hoofs trimmed?
    Mine are barefoot & get trimmed every 6 weeks by a farrier.
    I can tell a good from bad job but couldn't say why with any expertise.
         
        01-26-2013, 11:19 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    My farrier taught me 13 years ago how to trim feet, been doing my own ever since. Some on here are blowing it out of proportion, it really isn't all that tough to learn. The tough part is actually doing the work.
         
        01-26-2013, 11:25 AM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    Even easier is you get your horses to self trim. I maintain a roll and the hosres do the rest themselves (plenty of roadwork helps)
         
        01-26-2013, 11:26 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    I agree with Darrin. I've been trimming my own barefoot Mustang for years. While we do our fair share of trails I'm also a classical rider and we spend a lot of time in the arena working on suppleness, flexibility and transitions. My husband rides a Belgian and his farrier will periodically check my boys feet for balance. I like having a second pair of eyes on those hard Mustang feet but I've never had a problem.
    I think if it's something you are really interested in, find a good farrier to work with and be prepared to develop some new muscles!
         
        01-26-2013, 11:27 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I agree with Darrin. I've been trimming my own barefoot Mustang for years. While we do our fair share of trails I'm also a classical rider and we spend a lot of time in the arena working on suppleness, flexibility and transitions. My husband rides a Belgian and his farrier will periodically check my boys feet for balance. I like having a second pair of eyes on those hard Mustang feet but I've never had a problem.
    I think if it's something you are really interested in, find a good farrier to work with and be prepared to develop some new muscles!
         
        01-26-2013, 07:55 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Would a horse that is barefoot be able to be rise on paved roads?

    Did your farrier change you?
         
        01-29-2013, 12:56 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I do my own. And, yes, it is a bit of an investment. I originally started b/c I was the only one that could handle my mares feet safely. My then farrier and friend gave me tools and instruction (on her horse) to get started. As others have said, it isn't that hard - but it is hard work. Until I started, I had always had a professional trim my horses (barefoot for a lont time). Just like everything, there are talented and not so talented "professionals" - doing it yourself ensures they are done and attended to -to your specifications. Initially, I was not happy about having to do it myself, now I prefer to. The most difficult part, for me so far, was training my new filly to hold her feet up for extended periods of time at liberty (still in training, doing very well). You have to do that before you can "get going". Generally speaking, the owner holds the horse for the farrier. Doing it yourself (for me) requires they learn to comply at liberty. So, depending on your circumstances, there can be more work on top of just the trimming.

    Way back when (before the auto), many if not most all ranchers/farmers trimmed/shod their own horses out of necessity - and they were not farriers by trade.
         
        01-29-2013, 01:33 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I don't see a problem with trimming your own horses feet. I wouldnt just head out their and start filing and nipping away without having any idea of what your doing though. I trim my own barefoot horse, and compete in XC. Before my farrier moved away I had him show me as much as I could learn about barefoot trimming, and I have done it myself since. Personally, I have never used nippers on her... I keep her hooves filed down often enough that their is no need for nipping any amount of hoof off. Its honestly not that hard to learn, at all. And it saves you money, and you can have it done to your standards. Its just hard work. Practice makes perfect. But you can do some serious damage if done wrong, and that's no fun at all. I ride on pavement & she has no problem with it. Also, I file about every 3 weeks or so, depending. Did my farrier charge me? For showing me how to trim? No he didnt.
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