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    07-23-2011, 08:37 PM
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Red face I have a new respect for farriers and trimmers!

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.
     
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    07-23-2011, 10:37 PM
  #2
Foal
I was just going to say ask him for some pointers lol. You might like to see if he would let you have a half worn out rasp. For someone not used to using one its a bit easier, not as much grab and easier to get going. After they've been trimmed it will be easier to give them a regular touch up. Just ask him about how to keep them balanced.
     
    07-24-2011, 07:12 AM
  #3
Trained
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
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.
This is a very good idea and don't give up! Even if you still use a farrier/trimmer, it is a good skill to have and will teach you a lot about your horses' feet.
I've been doing our mares for years and trust me...when it's 95 degrees, humid, and their hooves are dry and like rocks, it still makes me think about how people make a living doing this all day for only $35/horse.
     
    07-24-2011, 01:48 PM
  #4
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I've been doing a TON of research and in theory I know how to do it I think after Paul comes out and uses the nippers to trim off the excess hoof wall it will be way easier to work on, I'll still have Paul out every 8 weeks but I'm going to try rasping them every week or 2 just to keep them in good shape. I may not be able to do my appy Legacy because he can be tough even for Paul to do, he's a huge skitzo lol and sometimes acts up. Legacy's feet don't seem to be in as bad of shape as Blue's anyway. I'm so upset about this crack forming again, we literally just got it to grow 2 or 3 trims ago and now it's starting all over again I hope Paul calls back soon so we can get him out before this crack gets any worse!
     
    07-24-2011, 02:34 PM
  #5
Trained
LOL, I often wonder when I look at Shane (my Farrier) working, $40 a trim, that is $10 a foot, and it seems to take seconds, looks like easy money..

Then you try and rasp a little off, and you suddenly have this new respect for that $10 a foot.
     
    07-25-2011, 02:55 PM
  #6
Foal
Being a farrier is hard work and takes a lot of practice. There is a rasp called the riders rasp out that works really well for in between trims. I think they are around 30 dollars or so. Well worth the money. Don't give up on it.
     
    07-25-2011, 03:11 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Mine charges $50 so I'm paying $12.50 a foot!!

After watching my farrier hobble around and struggle to stand up after doing all the horses in the barn yesterday, I'd say it's worth the $50!

Same with the Vet, considering that my horse absolutely HATES the Vet not that I can really blame him, "Heya bud lets pump you full of shots, file your teeth and clean your sheath. Oh hey, I'm back, more shots, rectal exam and ooooh for a really good time lets pour a gallon of oil down you". I'm quite content to hold the leadrope and NOT be the one my horse is plotting out ways to annihilate if only he could lift his doped up head long enough to actually do them.
     
    07-30-2011, 11:23 AM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
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.
I know the feeling girl!! It is not an easy task... you have to build up those leg muscles..lol My friend showed me how to do it just cutting off a little bit.. you have to be careful if you don't know how much to cut and how to cut the angels.. but it is nice to be able to do if you can't get the farrier out in time.
     
    07-30-2011, 11:25 AM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delfina    
Mine charges $50 so I'm paying $12.50 a foot!!

After watching my farrier hobble around and struggle to stand up after doing all the horses in the barn yesterday, I'd say it's worth the $50!

Same with the Vet, considering that my horse absolutely HATES the Vet not that I can really blame him, "Heya bud lets pump you full of shots, file your teeth and clean your sheath. Oh hey, I'm back, more shots, rectal exam and ooooh for a really good time lets pour a gallon of oil down you". I'm quite content to hold the leadrope and NOT be the one my horse is plotting out ways to annihilate if only he could lift his doped up head long enough to actually do them.
HOLLY COW!!! That farrier better be the BEST around...lol
     
    07-30-2011, 11:27 AM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
LOL, I often wonder when I look at Shane (my Farrier) working, $40 a trim, that is $10 a foot, and it seems to take seconds, looks like easy money..

Then you try and rasp a little off, and you suddenly have this new respect for that $10 a foot.
lol yeah that's for sure!!
     

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