Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Southeast Texas
I am with Gunslinger. Get a rasp and get after it. Generally with a rasp you aren't going to take enough off to hurt them and you will be able to teach the horse to stand while someone is working on their feet.
When I got my horse, Biscuit, he wasn't used to having his feet done. His former owner would every now and then manhandle him to lop off his hooves with nippers. Yooo Haaaa. I couldn't even get Biscuit to let me pick up his feet at first. It wasn't a huge problem for trimming as he had recently been lopped off poor guy.
I took a barefoot trimming clinic with my barn buddies and invested in a top notch rasp, circular knife and nippers. I have had The Biscuit for 2 years and do his feet myself. He will let me do his feet without too much fuss...his idea of fuss is he will put his foot back down. He never gets ugly. I did his front hooves yesterday. I will say this - it is hard work and kudo's to farriers!
Get out on youtube and look at videos and read up on the internet. It is not rocket science but it does take some practice and your horse will benefit from the training til the farrier gets there. Watch him/her closely while working on your horse and learn! Good luck.