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post #1 of 10 Old 06-24-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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I'd like to learn how to trim horse's hooves. Any recommendations? I live out in western Mass.
Also, what's a good place to buy the tools?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-24-2011, 05:05 PM
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Contact a vet office. Get a reccommendation on horse trimmers. Call and ask to shadow/apprentice with them :)
Also, read read read! There are other forums that talk about this. I think his name is Pete ramey? I might have butchered that. But just reading will help.
There are also farrier schools if your really serious about learning. There are different levels such as the basics to trim your own horses and more advanced that prepare you to test with the American farrier association.
Tools you can buy in stores or online.. online will probably be cheaper
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-28-2011, 04:44 AM
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Yes there's books etc by guys like Pete Ramey. I looked at all the methods in detail and finally settled on KC La Pierre (IEPD) as his methodology seemed the most reasoned and scientific. That was an excellent decision in hindsight, so I would recommend it.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-28-2011, 10:56 AM
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For the supplies, tack stores usually carry some stuff. There's a very good beginner trim kit that has the rasp, nippers, pullers, clincher,and hammer you can buy from for fairly cheap. Only problem we had with that set is the nippers aren't very strong. Hubby broke the handle after having it a few months but we use the rasp mainly anyway.
There are a lot of books out there, one I have and recommend is "Horse Hoof Care" by Cherry Hill. It's a good step by step guide. Me and my husband do our's and he's thinking about going to the Oklahoma Farrier school and doing it professionally. We've been asked to trim other people's horses and we do, but we aren't skilled enough to do shoeing and there aren't any other farriers around we could learn from either. We've been trying to find a good farrier to put shoes on.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-28-2011, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I checked out that website, that seems cheap for farrier supplies! Thanks for all the info, I think I'll buy myself a kit as well as a book.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-29-2011, 09:07 AM
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I do Biscuit's feet myself. I did buy good farrier tools because they make the job 10x easier. My friend LeAnn had some inexpensive nippers and it was HARD for us to use them. I went and bought a good pair from DS Farrier Supply in Vinton, LA and OMG the difference is night and day. My pair cuts though hard hooves like butter. Bellota makes a good rasp - I have one of those and another kind but I can't remember what the name of the other is. I also have a left hand and a right hand knife.

The barn had the stool for me to sit on and the hoof stand with two attachments so that I didn't have to get! I took a clinic with a barefoot trimmer, Darolyn Butler, who also happens to be one of the top endurance riders in the world and she rides her endurance horses barefoot and does her own trims! Three of us out at the barn trim together and it is a work in progress as we learn more and more.

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post #7 of 10 Old 06-29-2011, 09:23 AM
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How hard is it to trim hooves? I'm 99% sure I'm buying a mare that is currently barefoot and will remain as such, and I would love to learn how to keep her feet nice by myself.
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-29-2011, 09:24 AM
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Please get someone who can hands on teach you. Books and videos are great for reminders and extra stuff but something like trimming requires a right there giving guidance at the moment type instruction.

Remember the old saying, no hoof no horse.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-29-2011, 09:44 AM
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Oh, I would definitely get someone to teach me (preferably a farrier skilled in trimming barefoot horses) and once they were confident in my skills, still bring them out every couple of months to check up. Even if I could learn to use the rasp properly between trims, that would be great.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-29-2011, 11:43 AM
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You might also check with your local college. I had a friend who did a course at our local college and now does his own horses. The cost of the course payed off within a few trims!

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