My farrier recently told me that she learned to trim her own horses' hooves before she went to farrier school. After she realized how much she enjoyed it, she then went on to farrier school. How safe is this for your horse? Obviously it might save you some money (the tools can get pretty expensive), but what sort of hoof health risks might there be? I have watched my farrier trim my horses feet for years, and it doesn't seem that complicated...but I would NEVER try it unless I knew I wouldn't be putting my horses at risk.
There is a farrier school near me that offers a 2 week course exclusively training horse owners to trim their horses' feet. It costs a little over $1000...is this worth it? Is proper trimming something you need to learn hands on? I am not very interested in shoeing, just trimming.