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    10-28-2010, 01:08 AM
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My hubbys father is a retired farrier (due to his back)--he lives about an hour away from us. He was mentioning that he could show me how to trim my horses hooves so I could do it myself.... I have shapet horses hooves with a wrasp, and also created what I think is called a rolled(?) edge to prevent stress cracks/chipping--but have never trimmed myself. I was wondering if this is a good idea. I know he wouldnt let me do it myself untill he was 100% confident that I wasnt going to make a mistake. Generally Blitzes hooves are quite healthy. He goes barefoot. He has a little issue with his right hind from a very old injury where his foot got caught in a door. It now grows slightly slower in one area, and sometimes has a surface crack. This has been chesk by two vets and a farrier---sound. I would love to learn how to do this; wondering what everything thinks/ if they do there own. Of course if I have any issues I would call the father in law =) I just hate to have him travel (he commutes an hour each way for his new job and HATE travelling; also farriers are very VERy hard to come by around here--we have a shortage of them, and often you have to book a month in advance--which is hard to do when you don't know how the horses hooves will be doing (how much riding, any issues that come up) AND have had the only really good one around here cancel on me twice within the last week! My BO gets the farrier to come out and do her horses feet like every 8 weeks--way too long IMHO and the other boarder out there does his own--but I wont let him touch my horse (his horses' hooves are always uneven, and sometimes are limping afterwards--nice-); Blitz needs to be done every 4-5 because his grow so fast and start looking like clam shells.
Thanks in advance---sorry about the novel!
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    10-28-2010, 01:14 AM
Green Broke
I've been maintaining my own horses for years now. Probably about 15 years I would guess. I took a farrier science class, rode around with a farrier, and basically learned all I could and am still learning. I used to shoe, but now I keep my guys barefoot. I would say "go for it." It sounds like you have a good teacher to learn from.
    10-28-2010, 07:09 AM
I agree with trailhorserider. I have maintained my own horses for about 10 years now. My ex husband was a farrier and I learnt from him. I have never nailed on a shoe but I am a big fan of barefoot after the damage I have seen from shoes on the race track. I say go for it! You will be a better horse owner for it.
    10-28-2010, 08:10 AM
I would if I had someone to teach me, if your horse has good feet anyways definetly go for it
    10-28-2010, 08:24 AM
I do my own horses hooves and he has the worst feet in the world!! Of course for the first time I did mine I had my farrier check them... If you have somoene willing to show yah I say go for it. It would definitely save you a lot of money. Just make sure you know what your doing before doing it 100% by yourself :)
    10-28-2010, 08:46 AM
Yes, if you can shape and roll and have an eye for balance. I bet your FIL could come out a few times a year and check how you are doing. Once you get them trimmed you just do touch ups every few weeks to keep them balanced. Also study the barefoot sites for any and all tips you can. Educate yourself. :)
    10-28-2010, 02:34 PM
Thanks for all the great feedback! I had a feeling that people were going to say 'let the professional do it!". If hs feed are trimmed up well, is it possible to justa saty on the with a wrasp--say every ten-14 days to keep up with it, or should you actually wait and clip away? Also with trimming the frog area--is there a better was of maintinging instead of using a knife? I have sooooo many questions--fil wont be out till next week. Definitely going to do some barefoot research.
    10-28-2010, 05:57 PM
I see no reason to rely on a professional if you are willing and able to educate yourself on how to properly do it. Learning from your FIL will be a good place to start and there are a bunch of websites out there that discuss proper balance and how a good hoof should look.
Here is a good one: Pete Ramey hoof care heals founder in horse’s navicular disease farrier
I will also recommend a book called "Well Shod" written by Don Baskins. He has been a professional farrier for decades and handled millions of horses. He knows his stuff when it comes to shoeing horses.
    10-28-2010, 06:57 PM
Go for it!
I would love to learn how to trim my boy - $50 every 4 weeks can get a bit much - but I just don't think my back would handle it very well. I've always had a weak back and it blows :(
I've heard of the book that Smrobs mentioned and have heard really good things about it. I'm with everyone else when they say, "why pay someone to do something you can learn yourself".

Smrobs, your avatar is awesome.
    10-28-2010, 07:29 PM
Why thank you Amir.

Don is an old family friend and he helped my Dad learn how to shoe horses and shoe them well along with handling problem hooves and such. He is pretty old school (shoot I think he is getting close to 80 by now), but many of his ideas and methods still hold water.

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