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    09-15-2008, 10:08 PM
  #1
Trained
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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    09-16-2008, 01:42 AM
  #2
Showing
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:)
     
    09-16-2008, 06:42 AM
  #3
Showing
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).
     
    09-16-2008, 06:52 AM
  #4
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Re: Hoof Knives

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Originally Posted by northernmama
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.
     
    09-16-2008, 12:34 PM
  #5
Trained
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.
     
    09-16-2008, 03:17 PM
  #6
Showing
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.
     
    09-17-2008, 06:37 AM
  #7
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Originally Posted by northernmama
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.
     
    09-17-2008, 12:36 PM
  #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by northernmama
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.
     
    09-18-2008, 05:58 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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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