Trimming hoofs. I want to be a farrier, but the school is way too much. I have watched my farriers all the time and ask questions about everything they are doing, why? What does that do? How much do you cut? You know, stuff like that. There is not even any school around here that teaches that so I have done a lot of research on the internet, and watched many videos. My horse picks his feet up good so that is not a problem; also I do have the correct tools. I know that you have to know what you are doing cause you can really mess up a horse if you trim the wrong way, or too much. I have been looking this up for about a year now and ready to give it a go. I know you may think I am crazy here but I am a very fast learner and all so I would love to hear what you have to say about this, or give any advice. I will take before and after pics and post them on here for you so you can see what a great job I did. I am hoping for the best for me and apatchy. If I was not sure I would not even try this, so give me a comment back and let me know whatever.
I did trim myself for year (my horses didn't let farrier close). Got videos, help from other people, etc. All I can say, be prepared to mess several hours for your first trim. Then it'll come (although was tough for me because of the back issues).
I'd say go for it...I'd LOOOVE to do Sonny's feet myself (even though my farrier is the best teehee), but I'd have no one to hold him...he doesn't crosstie easily (he likes me to be insight and close to him and if I'm not he tries to find me :roll: ) ...and my mom won't hold him (she's fairly nervous around horse's...she'll go into his pasture with him and that's it haha).
Do let us know how it goes and do before and after photos
I say go for it too. Have you thought about looking into barefoot trimming? There are so few people who know how to do it right, at least in my area. Check out some Pete Ramey and Jaime Jackson books. Maybe you could catch a clinic or mentorship here http://www.americanhoofassociation.org/
YOU ARE CRAZY! (like a fox ) I think its wonderful that you are willing and able (my fingers are crossed for ya) to take on trimming. I would check into barefoot as well. Seems like a pretty smart thing to do IMO. Best of luck to you !!! Keep us posted!
I trim my mare and colt's hooves. My farrier has taught me, and I watch him all the time. He doesn't like trimming the hooves unless they really need it, so we made out a deal that the day or a few days before he comes out to shoe, I trim up my mare's hooves and he'll 'touch it up' when he 'slaps a shoe on' her.