Hoof Trimming Advice Needed

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    01-07-2012, 11:20 AM
Hoof Trimming Advice Needed

Hi there, I've started doing my own trims by simply using the fine side of a rasp and taking a little bit off every two weeks or so. My horse got a big chip in his front hoof, any recommendations?

I took a picture of it but I just realized that I can't upload it to the forum... It's on the inside quarter of the hoof wall, triangle shaped, with the bottom being about 1 inch long.

Does anyone know of any good resources to learn how to trim better? I just bought Pete Ramey's book. Video would be great, especially if it's free on youtube.

Thanks in advance
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    01-07-2012, 03:17 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, this is something that I, personally, don't feel is best learned by books, online advice or videos -- I would strongly suggest finding someone who can mentor you (ie a working farrier) so that you can have real-time feedback and insturction from someone who is able to see what you are doing as you are doing it and can evaluate your individual horse(s) and their feet.
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    01-07-2012, 03:51 PM
Agreed, get a farrier to show you, and still have them come out regularly every 10 weeks or so, and if sometime big happens SUCH AS a chip, or if your horses hooves get long.
    01-07-2012, 03:57 PM
A picture would really help. While I agree that a mentor is the best idea, I don't know of many farriers that are going to spend their time teaching a client how to do their job. Its like paying money to give your client away.
    01-07-2012, 04:31 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Kimmylikestojump    
A picture would really help. While I agree that a mentor is the best idea, I don't know of many farriers that are going to spend their time teaching a client how to do their job. Its like paying money to give your client away.
I've encountered plenty of farriers, in multiple areas, that have been willing to do exactly that.
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    01-07-2012, 06:58 PM
Ok great thanks. I think I will do that, I did find a farrier who is happy to teach me about trimming for the regular trim price.
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    01-07-2012, 07:38 PM
Kimmy, I find that people may want to learn, to do 'brush up' or emergency type trims, but they rarely decide they're up to taking over the whole job, so you don't tend to lose clients in teaching them anyway!

AllHorse, by all means, get some lessons, but also just because someone's a farrier doesn't necessarily mean he's a good one or going to show you good practices, so keep learning the theory & principles too. While it's not cheap, I highly recommend Pete Ramey's DVD set... Things like that sell pretty well secondhand on ebay too, to recoup some costs after you've watched it a few times.
    01-07-2012, 07:46 PM
4sweetfeet.com has some good videos. I do my horses feet, but I also have a farrier come out and do a trim every six months or so. He is really nice about telling me ways I could improve.
    01-07-2012, 07:50 PM
I found the 4sweetfeet.com videos, they were helpful. I'll look into pete ramey's video as well, thanks for the advice.
    01-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Here are a series of videos that may help. Only one thing I disagree with - I won't rasp the outer wall of the hoof. I think these videos were made when this was in vogue. These aren't gosple, but they are helpful. This trimmer has retired and now blogs for EasyCare. Hoof Trimming Videos4 Sweet Feet | 4 Sweet Feet

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