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    01-03-2010, 10:40 AM
I'm going to trim my own horses hooves from now on.

I have the worst time finding a reliable farrier, they will tell me they'll be at my house at 10am and come at 5pm, if they come at all. If I'm lucky enough for them to show up then they do a horrible trim job. My one horse I don't ride, so it doesn't have to be perfect, but she's still old and needs a good trim. And my young horse I do ride so he needs more than just a "pasture trim". I have the worst time finding a farrier here, and I have cycled though many. I just can't find a farrier that makes me say "Wow!" after a trim.

I've been researching barefoot hoof care and trimming for around two years now. I could be saving precious money that could go towards something other than putting my horses in pain. Does anyone do their own horses?.

Take a look at that thread I posted awhile back, this was right after my farrier left. This is on my horse that I ride. And the farrier who did this was highly recommended. Everyone told me to call the guy back, I did, and he never tried to call me back.
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    01-03-2010, 12:25 PM
I trim my own and have been doing so for the last two years or so. I did get a farrier to come out and evaluate my work a couple times. Wanted to make sure I wasn't screwing anything up.

If that's the kind of trims your getting I would start doing your own too.
    01-03-2010, 02:57 PM
That sounds like a good idea.

I went out today and just rasped a little, just to get the feel of it and to get my horses use to it. I'm going to try to just do a maintenance trim every 1-2 weeks. I think it will benefit both of them.
    01-03-2010, 03:02 PM
Not to mention if you're just using a rasp (like I do) it's a heck of a lot less work if you do it every 1-2 wks. I have two horses, so I try to keep them on a rotating schedule, so I'm never doing 8 hooves in one day.
    01-03-2010, 03:03 PM
If I was physically able to trim all 4 horses hooves I would still have a reputable farrier come by once in a while to check my work. I think your should go for it, but don't do it without some input from a professional.
    01-03-2010, 03:10 PM
My horse is barefoot all year long, but I ride her on the roads a lot so her feet stay nearly perfect that way. However she does wear more off the toe than the heal and so I rasp her heel every couple of weeks. I also give her a mustang roll so they don't chip. I have the farrier out once in the spring and fall just to make sure everything is all good.
I say that you should go for it. Just take it slow and don't do too much at one time.
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    01-03-2010, 03:24 PM
Glad you put your last forum post on here. I was looking through it and someone had put a place to find barefoot farriers on there. I found one from Ohio that will come out and do your horse and teach you as well how to do the trim. Loving this idea. I may have to give him a call! Thanks!
    01-03-2010, 10:13 PM
Thanks everyone.
    01-03-2010, 10:21 PM
Wishing you the best of luck! I wish I could do that kind of thing! Our barefoot farrier is amazing. I think she'll be looking for an apprentice soon, I hope someone takes her up on it because she is hands down the best farrier I've met in about 20 years.
    01-03-2010, 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
Not to mention if you're just using a rasp (like I do) it's a heck of a lot less work if you do it every 1-2 wks. I have two horses, so I try to keep them on a rotating schedule, so I'm never doing 8 hooves in one day.
I used to do all 3 of our mares at the same time, but the older I get, I find it's just easier on my body to rotate 1 per weekend, too.

Good luck...I think it's a great thing to do. You learn a lot about how your horses hooves grow, wear, and about how the weather and seasons affect the growth.

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