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    02-25-2012, 12:14 PM
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Trained
What ever happened to hoof picks?

This is my latest gripe. It use to be, back in "the day" , you could buy red and white hoof picks for .89 at any tack store, and they actually had a "pick" point on them! Now-a-days, you get picks of all kinds, nearly all made in China that have an extremely dull "pick end" - or an end akin to a flat head screwdriver that is too wide and thick to do anything but the initial "big stuff" . How hard is it to make a "good one"...in the USA!?!
     
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    02-25-2012, 12:39 PM
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Yearling
They must be afraid that we'll hurt our horses with the pointed ones... Haha. My grandpa grinds down the blunt ends on ours to make them pointy for us :)
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    02-25-2012, 03:21 PM
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Foal
I've had the same gripe, they're pretty useless without grinding. You could likely do better using a stick. The're not near .89 anymore either.
     
    02-25-2012, 03:43 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I use an Oster hoof pick. It is blunt on the end but I don't have any problems cleaning their hooves. Even in the middle of winter when they are packed with snow and ice.
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    02-25-2012, 04:20 PM
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Yearling
I have my really old one with a point, which I pray I never lose....because you're right, they aren't making good ones any more. I also have the Oster ones and love them - easy on wrist and don't require as much hand strength.
     
    02-25-2012, 04:24 PM
  #6
QOS
Green Broke
I have a bunch of the ones with the brush on one end, some that are plastic (given to me) that are worthless and then I have one my cousin gave me to take trail riding

The Ultimate Hoofpick! The Jackhammer of Hoofcare-Tackles your worst packed-in dirt, mud and snow.

The junior one because it is smaller to carry in my little tote on the saddle.

It is fantastic but far from .89 cents!!!
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    02-25-2012, 06:22 PM
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Green Broke
If your shoer has a forge he can make you some of these....
     
    02-25-2012, 07:22 PM
  #8
Weanling
If someone could post a pic or two showing a "good" pick in full size sitting on graph paper, I will take a stab at making a couple and do a costing analysis.
I know the price of steel is obnoxious, as are most metals, but I can't help but think that a reasonable cost for a decent US made one is possible.
The graph paper lets me use one of my shop programs to generate a blueprint, which I can take into the machine shop and make prototypes for your perusal/gratification.
I have all types of steel available to me, ranging from mild steel to aerospace grade stainless.
I think something in a mild stainless might be very effective, given the acidity of manure and urine mixed dirt that packs into a hoof.
Thoughts?
     
    02-25-2012, 07:32 PM
  #9
Green Broke
The one Cowchick posted is made from a horseshoe. I have seen a good number handmade from old horseshoes. I think I even have a couple. Here is an example I found on Google:

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...cltt4o2TlUgvCg

I personally have never had a problem with these:

http://www.chicksaddlery.com/Merchan...001/STP295.JPG

Or the Epona Hoof Picks:

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...AduJcA9fmLG3vi


Now this one is definitely different!!!

Epona Art Noeveau Hoof Pick - Sheridan Creek Tack
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    02-25-2012, 07:43 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by azwantapaint    
If someone could post a pic or two showing a "good" pick in full size sitting on graph paper, I will take a stab at making a couple and do a costing analysis.
I know the price of steel is obnoxious, as are most metals, but I can't help but think that a reasonable cost for a decent US made one is possible.
The graph paper lets me use one of my shop programs to generate a blueprint, which I can take into the machine shop and make prototypes for your perusal/gratification.
I have all types of steel available to me, ranging from mild steel to aerospace grade stainless.
I think something in a mild stainless might be very effective, given the acidity of manure and urine mixed dirt that packs into a hoof.
Thoughts?
The one I posted made out of a St. Croix brand shoe is true to life on the screen of my computer. Shoes are cheap enough, I have had this one for about 6 years.
     

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