I haven't used the rider's rasp, but I don't really like it. I think it will encourage people to trim without guidance. "Well, I'm using the Rider's Rasp so I can't hurt my horse" type of thing. Besides that I don't really like the square edge, seems it would make it difficult to get a good roll.
I didn't say this before, but I think it is very important to get input from someone who you know does good work and is more experienced than you. I talk to my friend quite often and she is with an experienced barefoot trimmer for about 4-5 hrs a month. She could explain to me why she was doing what she was doing and I really liked her horse's hooves. Also, keep reading and learning! I go online and read, check out farrier forums, am constantly looking at my horse's hooves and other's hooves. I've considered getting certified or going to a class or two, but money has been very tight for a while here. In the next year when the situation improves I will definitely be taking advantage of some classes/clinics.
Bottom line is that you can't go into this lightly. Learn learn learn everything you can about horse's hooves, movement, and conformation. At the very least if you decide you don't want to do it you will be very knowledgeble with your farrier.
Edit - Just looked at the RR again.. It says it's good for rounding, so maybe I'm wrong about the square edge. I'd like to see one in person. Maybe I'd prefer it over my rasp?
Last edited by MN Tigerstripes; 04-22-2010 at 12:41 PM.