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    05-18-2008, 10:04 PM
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Hoof Jack- review

We purchased a hoof jack since our regular farrier will be unable to trim our girls for a few months. The first time I used it, my horse stood comfortably with her hoof in the sling. I had no trouble trimming/filing. It was a first for her and me, first time with the jack and first time for me doing the trim. If you have back problems or lack the strength to hold the hoof up in the position necessary to trim, I highly recommend the hoof jack. It comes with a DVD for instructions that was very helpful. I even used it to just pick out the feet. If you have more than one horses feet to clean it keeps you from getting to worn out. The only down side I can see is the webbing used for the sling. If your uncoordinated like me and you hit it with the rasp too many times I can see it wearing out. They do sell replacement ones I'm sure for this very reason.
     
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    05-19-2008, 12:06 PM
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My farrier uses a hoof jack and her padding is getting worn she happened to mention that she is going to replace it. It must just be a wear item. Like brakes for your car, they only last so long.
     
    05-19-2008, 01:54 PM
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My horse really hated the thing when I was trimming her myself. So I got back to old-fashioned "between knees/butt up" position. :) I do agree it's great thing for the quiet horse though!
     
    05-19-2008, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val
My horse really hated the thing when I was trimming her myself. So I got back to old-fashioned "between knees/butt up" position. :) I do agree it's great thing for the quiet horse though!
Sorry it didn't work out for you kitten. Its hard work no matter how you do it My farrier has no worrys about us starting to do it ourselves. I can't wait till she can get back to trimming. I can to the pretzel stance between the knees butt up for about 2-3 min. Then I have to drop the foot and get my body twisted back to normal Of course then I'm out of commision for the rest of the day when I'm finished.
     
    05-20-2008, 12:22 AM
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Trained
Any experience using a hoof jack for a horse that has one sore foot? Will it make it easier for him when I'm working on the opposite good one? I was just thinking about getting or asking MDH to make one of these for my arthritic guy. I'm thinking it should be easier because he could bear at least some weight on that leg then instead of all of it on the bad one.
     
    05-20-2008, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I can to the pretzel stance between the knees butt up for about 2-3 min. Then I have to drop the foot and get my body twisted back to normal Of course then I'm out of commision for the rest of the day when I'm finished.
Ha-ha-ha! That's exactly how I did it. 2-4 mins and the break. Lol! That was so much relief to find the farrier, which can do them! Although my qh doesn't tolerate him much either. :( Every time she either tries to drag her back foot, or last time she tried to fall on her belly when he was trimming fronts. She certainly is trying to find escapes.... :)
     
    07-06-2011, 01:10 PM
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Trained
Bumping this Zombie thread, because I'm thinking of buying one, any more reviews out there?
     
    07-06-2011, 02:08 PM
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GH, there are 2 sorts of hoof jacks out there. More expensive with plastic base (I'd go for that one if you can), and the one I got - with flat metallic base. My farrier told me recently that those with metallic base are not very good, because they become sharp with time (I assume you have to trim a lot though before you get to that point).

I used mine when I was trimming and use now once in while when they chip and farrier is not coming in couple days. So I take a rasp and take it off myself. It IS more convenient to take flares off on jack (because rasp doesn't interfere with the knee, plus easier on back).

Just don't go for those cheap triangle ones. They are not stable and I've heard stories about the accidents with them.
     
    07-06-2011, 02:27 PM
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Trained
DH is worried about the plastic and thinks it is expensive, he is wondering how the plastic will stand up to our brutal winters here.

He likes the price and look of this one

farrier horse shoeing hoof stand CONCAVE BASE jack | eBay

IDK, I can't trim without help, need someone to hold the foot for me, and this morning when Ace needed a broken hoof trimmed a stand would of come in handy.

It would also help if I was able to trim the babies and broodies a little, so I could extend the time between farrier visits for them
     
    07-06-2011, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
He likes the price and look of this one

farrier horse shoeing hoof stand CONCAVE BASE jack | eBay
That's very similar looking to what I have. I got mine from eBay (just more expensive, I believe was something like $80 or so). You want it to be wide enough on bottom and heavy enough to balance itself.
     

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