Opinions on the Radius Rasp by Evolutionary Hoof Care
I'm thinking of buying A Radius Rasp as a tool to mainting the correct edge between trims, since I have so much trouble finding a suitable farrier, and also because I am interested in learning how to do it myself.
Well, if you are wanting to do your own farrier work you'll eventually need a regular ol $20-30 rasp anyways, I'd vote for just getting a good ol fashion rasp and learning how to use it properly. A good one will last you ages if you baby it, my cheap one is on it's second year without dulling.
I have a regular rasp and a radius rasp. I have some upper body strength issues that resulted from surgeries and I find it much easier to use the radius rasp to clean up chips & peels between trims. My only goal is not to remove growth so I can't speak to that aspect.
I am asking secifically for product reviews of the Radius Rasp.
I am aware that it's not the be all end all of hoof tools. I just consider it to be a harder to screw up place to start, since I have no one to teach me and applying a Mustang roll is simpler then trimming to an angle.
Do your self a favor, and just buy a reguar rasp.
There is also some thing called "the riders rasp" that was saposed to do the same thing. Well now my local tack store can't give them away, and I've never herd anything good about them.
Not sure if this is helpful...
I did check the reviews of the Rider's Rasp as I was going to buy it last spring and as mentioned by myhorsesonador, it generally doesn't get good reviews.
But in looking at this product I can easily see how it is made different and might do what you are wanting. Because of the sharp angle of the plates on the rider's rasp it really doesn't work like it advertises that it does.
I haven't used it, but have had recent issues with hooves needing touch ups between farrier visits. Just a week ago (after a lenghty discussion about hooves) my farrier showed me how to maintain the bevel on my horse's hoof with a regular rasp and guided me while I did a hoof on my horse.
While I have the strength to do manage a regular rasp, I have a bad wrist combined with small hands and I can see how this devise would be easier that using a flat rasp. But that's just my opinion
If you do decide to try it out I would love to hear back how it works. It's on my list of wanted horsie items now.
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