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    02-25-2012, 08:44 PM
What would be a fair price for a US made hoofpick?
That funky art nouveau freaky pick was $9 pplus shipping.
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    02-25-2012, 08:47 PM
Yep, he didn't make me a fancy one like the one you posted with the horse head, but it still works good!

    02-25-2012, 08:52 PM
Originally Posted by azwantapaint    
What would be a fair price for a US made hoofpick?
That funky art nouveau freaky pick was $9 pplus shipping.
If you made them out of horseshoes, I think you can pick up a box of 20 pair #1 plains for under $80 for St. Croix's (the Diamonds are too soft)
That should average to less than $2 a shoe which makes one pick, then whatever you think is fair for labor and shipping.
    02-25-2012, 08:55 PM
I have this one pick I got from Tractor Supply that I *love.* It's sharp, blue n purple with a nice squishy-ish grip that you can flip sideways and do a lot of damage too. And? It's made in the USA ;) Dunno the brand. Just got it at TSC. I do know it was at least 4 bucks, but it's not a whole lot, but it's no .89...
    02-25-2012, 09:06 PM
I have 3 really good, pointy, good handle ones. Won them at a show years ago, I guard them from theft as well.
    02-25-2012, 09:19 PM
I'll get a pic of my favorite one tomorrow. My hubby had one made for me at a knifeworks and the maker weighted the handle for me like my chef knife. I love it!
    02-25-2012, 09:21 PM
There was a boarder at my barn who had an AWESOME hoof pick. It was steel with a nice pointy wedge at the pick end and a thick, smooth metal handle that fit easily into your palm. It literally halfed the time I would normally spend picking.
I rode her horse for her while she was pregnant and she told me that if I lost it she would kill me, haha!

I'm still trying to find that hoofpick online or in a tack store. She didn't know the brand as it had been a gift from a friend.
    02-26-2012, 02:07 AM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
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:


I personally have never had a problem with these:


Or the Epona Hoof Picks:


Now this one is definitely different!!!

Epona Art Noeveau Hoof Pick - Sheridan Creek Tack
I have one of the chicksaddlery ones....made in China, dull end. See what I mean?
    02-26-2012, 02:13 AM

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.
Okay! Can I make my favorite the one COWCHICK77 posted? I love the looks of that one! You have a fantastic idea here, and the talent to make and sell...made in the USA...usable hoofpicks!
    02-26-2012, 03:48 AM
I use something like these. Works really well and I only keep one of the wedge ones in my trail saddle hoof pick holder for emergency hoof picking.

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