My 2 geldings at my moms house are over due for a trim, normally Paul(farrier) calls us when he is going to be in the area which ends up being every 8 weeks. Last week I noticed that they were looking like they needed a trim(last done on may 8thish I think) so I called him only to find that he is on vacation, so I left a message. Today when I was at TSC I saw they had a rasp so I decided what the hell, let me give it a try. Blue's(my old guy) was starting to develop a crack again which we had just gotten taken care of so I figured if I could at least take off some of the wall to relieve the pressure and keep the crack from spreading it wouldn't be too bad. Well It was NOT as easy as I thought it would be! I spent a good half hour trying to just put a dent in his front feet. First problem is that I couldn't find my hoof pick, I have 5 of them at least but when I really need it it's MIA lol. I used a comb to pick out the hooves ,not very effective but it kinda worked. Then while I was trying to rasp I rasped my knuckle . I had a cinder block that I had him set his hoof on so I could roll the toe a bit. I have seen my farrier do this for 13 years I honestly thought I would be able to do it lol. I didn't even bother trying to work on my touchy appy. I was exhausted for the little bit that I did to Blue's feet. The worst part is I'm not even sure that they look too much better. I think the problem is that they are too long and I needed to use nippers, but they were too expensive and I thought I could get by with just a rasp.
So that is my huge fail at attempting to trim my own horses feet. When Paul does come out i'm going to ask him to give me some pointers. Maybe I can do a foot under his guidance lol.