Barefoot trimming - Good idea or better left to experts?

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    01-01-2010, 01:26 PM
Barefoot trimming - Good idea or better left to experts?

I was wondering is it worth getting a kit and DVD on how to do barefoot trimming?

My horse doesn't wear shoes because I don't ride her on the road and she has really solid feet. I'm also getting a colt next month and he won't need shoes for atleast another year and a half, if at all. (by the way my own farrier said I don't need shoes for my mare, so I know I'm not causing her damage, because it was his advice, not somehting I decided by myself)

The thing is, it costs nearly as much to have their feet trimmed as it does to have them shod.

Does anybody else do their own horses feet? If so who's methods and kit did you use? Was it easy to pick up? And would you recommend it to others?
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    01-01-2010, 01:51 PM
Don't use a kit. There is too much to shoeing and trimming to be able to learn it from a kit or DVD. Find someone to show you how to do it and use the other media to enhance what you have been taught. Find someone doing a clinic or work with a farrier for a while.
    01-01-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks for your advice
    01-01-2010, 02:36 PM
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I agree. It is too easy to trim poorly and start a series of events that will affect the horse for a good while. Some farriers will let you watch them and will give simple instruction.
    01-01-2010, 05:41 PM
I know I'm looking into doing some simple farrier stuff when I buy my horse in the srpring. I already got some instruction from a farrier. My intent is to keep up with them myself and do the rasping, then getting a farrier out a couple of times a year. I certainly don't want to do anything corrective on my own though, but a simple rasping and upkeep should help save a couple bucks.
    01-01-2010, 06:26 PM
I trim myself and I love being able to do it! It's very rewarding, but also can be hard on the body. I had a certified barefoot trimmer teach me....but if you want to start learning, get visuals and get familiar with terminology, I'd suggest getting Pete Ramey's DVD series.
    01-01-2010, 10:49 PM
I've been trimming our mares for 5+ years after our old farrier convinced me that I could do it myself. Books and DVDs are fine, but nothing replaces seeing it being done by a professional, being able to ask questions, and having one check your work and give you tips while you're learning. Around here, the farriers seem more than happy to help you learn.
It's not hard, but it is work and will make your back sore until you get used to it.
I like doing it because you learn a lot about how your horse's hooves grow and wear, and I can trim them each mare on their own schedule.
    01-02-2010, 03:03 PM
Like Alicia said, I'd just like to keep up on Rasping Etc, just to save a few 's per year in the long run. Do you think renting a DVD first would be worth it, just to see if I understand. You see, I've had a look around and I can't find any open days or anything near me, and my farrier, good as he is, is very set in his ways, and keeps his profession to himself (to be honest I don't think he wants to lose business, which is understandable)
    01-02-2010, 07:46 PM
You can utube it as well, that's where I started and got some ideas about structure of the hoof wall and such, just to be more educated. There's a lot of 'fluff' on there but you can sift through it all and learn at least a little more than you did a day before.
    01-02-2010, 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by HollyLolly    
Like Alicia said, I'd just like to keep up on Rasping Etc, just to save a few 's per year in the long run. Do you think renting a DVD first would be worth it, just to see if I understand.
I know the farriers and trimmers out there will disagree, but yes, I believe you can. Assuming your horse has no special needs or conditions, you can easily learn the basics from books and/or DVDs, and if you keep up with it using just a rasp every few weeks, you'll never need nippers.

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