There's a little knowledge to be known with trimming hooves. But it's pretty simple.
I think it's a good idea for anyone that wants to learn to trim to go ahead and gain the knowledge required.
And if you work with a farrier that can give you knowledge and show you what's going on and what to do for maintenence you'll definately benefit from it.
With honkin draft feet you'll benefit and your arms will thank you if you keep up a maintenence trim when it's needed. Sometimes it's easier to just keep an eye on the growth and bring out the rasp when needed. Even if it's only been two weeks since the last time the hooves were trimmed or maintained.
If you haven't trimmed before then be prepared to use muscles you haven't used very often. "Unless of course you lift weights and target those muscles.
" So I'd say start with the two fronts before going to the rears. That way if you get tired after trimming two hooves your horse won't be lopsided. At least that's what I do. I found it easier to do the fronts first then see if I have the energy to continue and do the rears. If not I'll come back later that day and do the rears or I'll go back a day or so later and get the rears.
But that's what's nice about just watching the growth. Every couple weeks if it's needed I'll just bring out the rasp and bring the hooves to where they should be. It's soo much easier than waiting the 6-8 weeks, cus then there's tons of stuff to rasp off. "Especially a draft, phew. LOL"
But my opinion is it's a good idea when you know how and what to do.
There's lots of good barefoot sites with instructions on hoof function and material that can be bought to increase your knowledge to give you the confidence. And working in person with someone experienced is also very good.
If you have a knackery where you can pick up some hooves to practice with that'll help tremendously.
BTW I get a kick out of your quote every time I see it.