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  • Homemade hoof stand
  • Homemade horseshoeing tool box

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    02-13-2012, 02:25 PM
  #41
Yearling
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Here's the gate hook hoof pick. I just squirted some silicone around the handle to make it soft and wrapped it with bright orange vetwrap. Pretty faded now and needs re-wrapped
     
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    02-13-2012, 02:36 PM
  #42
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    02-13-2012, 02:37 PM
  #43
Yearling
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Here's a shoeing cart I built. I got tired of paying $200 for a little weenie box that would explode into scrap metal when a horse stepped on it, so I took some galvanized pipe, heavy duty swivel casters, and aluminum for a shelf. Built me a bronc-proof shoein buggy. Riveted some rubber on the tray so my tools don't bang and scare those jumpy little cuttin horses. Haha. The nail tray is from Autozone. It's a magnetic tool holder and it works good because if my box gets crashed (it does often), my nails don't get scattered across the yard. They're magnetized to the bowl. The rasp holders are 2 or 3 inch pipe. I use different colored handles on my rasps so I can tell at a glance which is my new one and which is for finishing. This shoeing box has been kicked, fell out of the truck on the highway, stepped on, thrown across the barn, you name it. It's held up for 10 years and it costed about $30. Also the hoof stand beside the box was made for cheap out of used shoes and piece of pipe. I made a detachable padded cradle for it but didn't like it

Wrap all those tools with vetwrap so they're not just cold metal you're grabbing in the winter. And better grip in the summer when there's fly spray and sweat on yer hands

The other pic is new strings I just put on my saddle. They're braided nylon and last longer than leather and they're really strong
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    02-13-2012, 04:34 PM
  #44
Green Broke
You sure are a nifty fellow...I'm definitely going to try to make the hoof picks..very good ideas!
     
    02-13-2012, 04:41 PM
  #45
Trained
Awesome horse stuff
     
    02-13-2012, 06:48 PM
  #46
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
Attachment 88353

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Here's a shoeing cart I built. I got tired of paying $200 for a little weenie box that would explode into scrap metal when a horse stepped on it, so I took some galvanized pipe, heavy duty swivel casters, and aluminum for a shelf. Built me a bronc-proof shoein buggy. Riveted some rubber on the tray so my tools don't bang and scare those jumpy little cuttin horses. Haha. The nail tray is from Autozone. It's a magnetic tool holder and it works good because if my box gets crashed (it does often), my nails don't get scattered across the yard. They're magnetized to the bowl. The rasp holders are 2 or 3 inch pipe. I use different colored handles on my rasps so I can tell at a glance which is my new one and which is for finishing. This shoeing box has been kicked, fell out of the truck on the highway, stepped on, thrown across the barn, you name it. It's held up for 10 years and it costed about $30. Also the hoof stand beside the box was made for cheap out of used shoes and piece of pipe. I made a detachable padded cradle for it but didn't like it

Wrap all those tools with vetwrap so they're not just cold metal you're grabbing in the winter. And better grip in the summer when there's fly spray and sweat on yer hands

The other pic is new strings I just put on my saddle. They're braided nylon and last longer than leather and they're really strong
You are amazing!!! Haha how do you think of this stuff?
     
    02-13-2012, 07:53 PM
  #47
Green Broke
When I was in Metal shop in ag, my teacher made a rope twiner. You'd take baling twine and wrap it around three prongs on a machine. The four or five twines on each prong would twist together when you cranked the machine, then with the end that's attached to a swivel, you twist the three pieces together. I have a green rope and a red/white rope. Very, VERY sturdy rope that you can attach a clip to.

And on a side note, I could weld the butt off anyone in my metal shop class :)
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    02-13-2012, 08:17 PM
  #48
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
I swear it looks like old telephone spiral cord on the nose piece in the first pic. Is it?
If not, what exactly is it that you used?

You know, I have been thinking about buying myself a mig welder for my birthday to fix stuff around the farm and to make trinkets with (I know... look out folks... woman with a welder in her hands )

Do you know if a mig welder can attach small things to old horse shoes?
No it's small braided polypropylene. Just like the halter and lead rope, just real small diameter.

I just have a cheap Harbor Freight flux core wire welder. It's about the weakest welder you can get. But I've used it on my stands and when a horse has a fit on it, the shoes bend but the welds haven't broke yet.
     
    02-13-2012, 08:27 PM
  #49
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I am so interested.. my horse barely fits into his rope halter now and I'm looking to find (or make!) one that fits.

Do you follow a certain template? I have no boyscout knot tying experience haha
yeah I think the people that make those halters don't ride horses. I fiddled with measurements until they fit good. I've used them on mini ponies and little donkeys, all the way up to big saddle horses. They won't fit a BIG draft horse, but just about everything else. Best way to do it is make one and don't tighten the knots, just make em snug and stick it on your horse and adjust it as needed
     
    02-13-2012, 08:33 PM
  #50
Showing
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
yeah I think the people that make those halters don't ride horses. I fiddled with measurements until they fit good. I've used them on mini ponies and little donkeys, all the way up to big saddle horses. They won't fit a BIG draft horse, but just about everything else. Best way to do it is make one and don't tighten the knots, just make em snug and stick it on your horse and adjust it as needed
That's a good tip, I'll give it a whirl
     

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