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post #1 of 9 Old 09-15-2008, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof Knives

What do you have? I have so far only purchased the Greenhawk $20 version and one from the Co-op for about $15. The Co-op one is garbage and the Greenhawk one seems to last about 4 - 6 months MAX before it seriously needs to be sharpened and I can't find anyone here to sharpen them. I know *I* can't and MDH says he can't either (but I'll bet he could...)

I'd like something that I can sharpen, or have sharpened every couple of months. Once those things get dull, I find they get dangerous. I've also seen the right/left hand combos -- do they work well?

Where can I buy one online that is good? Preferably in Canada.
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Is it me, or do you mean those trimming tools farriers use? Why would you own one yourself? Do you trim your horse's feet on your own?
If that is what you are talking about, I would ask your farrier where he gets his from. I'm sure he could guide you in the right direction:)
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After wasting my money on cheap stuff I finally bought the rasp and the knife from http://www.star-ridge.com/page12.html It's NOT a cheap place, but so far I use rasp already for 2 years (while the one from cheap places like horse.com last me about 4 months the best). I don't use that much of knife, but it's still the same one I got from them (I just have to sharp it once in while).
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Re: Hoof Knives

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I've also seen the right/left hand combos -- do they work well?
I have one like that too. :) Got it because it sounds cool. Was complete waste of money from me: I cannot operate it at all. Lol! I actually just use the normal right-handed one on both sides of the horse.
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M2G -- Yes, I do my own hooves. Farriers here are limited, unreliable and very closed-minded. Been doing hooves for years now.

KV -- did you get a sharpener from that site too? My biggest problem really seems to be the sharpening issue.
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I've never done it, but my old farrier used to carry a small round knife steel. Like what you sharpen kitchen knives with. He would use it between each horse. Much like a barber stropping a blade between shaves.


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KV -- did you get a sharpener from that site too? My biggest problem really seems to be the sharpening issue.
Yes. I got that pocket sharpener ($10 something). I usually just sharp it little right after each use.
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M2G -- Yes, I do my own hooves. Farriers here are limited, unreliable and very closed-minded. Been doing hooves for years now.

KV -- did you get a sharpener from that site too? My biggest problem really seems to be the sharpening issue.
Ah ok that makes sense. I'll still go with the first thing I posted. I would try to see if you can get a hold of a farrier and see what he uses. He might be able to give some insight as to where to get longer lasting equipment.
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I am ambidextrous so I was thrilled to pieces to find the left and right hoof knives at TSC. I also like them because they are very narrow.

I whine until Mr. WTW sharpens them for me :P

The rasp I have been using recently was sold to me by the farrier who gave me my trimming refresher course over last winter (Pete Ramey style).

I will have to look at the name when I go to the barn, but I can tell you that just picking it up without gloves would put cuts on my fingers. Or at least it did.

Arthritis won't let me use the knippers like I need to, so I file four horses every two weeks. The rasp won't cut my fingers anymore, so I know I need a new one
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