Are Rider's Rasps any good?
My horse's (barefoot) hooves are dry and chipping because of the extremely dry weather, and I would like to minimize the chipping. I'm putting hoof conditioner on her hooves, and corona on her coronet bands and the bulbs of her heels to help with the dryness--and it sure helps--but the edges of her hooves are chipping too much. So I am thinking it would help to blunt the edges of her hooves (but not extreme like a Mustang roll or anything).
I saw the Rider's Rasp in an ad and I'm wondering if it works. I have had no experience with a real rasp so I can't just use an old one. I read on some reviews that a lot of people don't like the Rider's Rasp because it doesn't take off much with each stroke... but thats okay with me because I don't want to screw up her hooves by accident. I just think it would be good for me to help out her hooves like this periodically (about every two or three weeks?), until the farrier comes. He comes out every eight to nine weeks by the way.
So has anyone here used this? Or know someone who does? Does it work and is it easy to use? I think there is a medium finisher, a medium course, and a course rasp to put on the rasp holder, and if I use the coursest one do I have to use the finisher to smooth it out? And what brand is the best? The Economy Rider's Rasp is way cheaper but I want to get a decent one if they work. What is different about it than the $60 one?
I have a Riders Rasp. It is small and takes off only a little at a time, meaning lots of effort to clean up a chip. I do find it reasonably easynto hold and like the 90 degree angle of the two rasps because they seem to help you get the edge of the hoof without slipping too much. I timing if anything, they are OK for quick minor clean-ups for those with minimal experience. It would take a really long time to take enough hoof off to get you into trouble. They are not good for a bigger chip.
That said, I went out and purchased a regular rasp with fine teeth on one side and coarser teeth on the other. After many cuts, bruises, bleeding knuckles, and a wicked sore back, I am getting the hang of it. It's value has been mainly to show me how much I appreciate my farrier, however, I do use it for the odd touch up.
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I had a Riders Rasp years ago. It was helpful being a complete beginne to horses at the time, I guess. However, it dulled very quickly and I could never accomplish what I need to now with one.....not enough power as with a regular rasp. But it can be a good tool until you are ready to use the regular rasp.
I feel like its alot of wasted effort. Learning how to use a real rasp is easy enough and alot less work for the effort. Your farrier will usually give you an old rasp for free if you asl and show you how to touch up the edges.
Thanks a lot for all your info! I'm still not sure if I should get it or not but this helped me. Maybe I could get one just for practice, and then get a regular rasp with the fine on one side and the coarse on the other. I don't like the idea of bloody knuckles and bruises tho... hmmm!
Koolio, Btw, what brand did you use? And did you use a medium course or course rasp? And how often do you use it?
OldHorseLady, how coarse or fine was your rider's rasp? I don't want one that dulls that quickly!
OldHorseLady, how coarse or fine was your rider's rasp? I don't want one that dulls that quickly![/QUOTE]
I think there is only one type of rides rasp....but maybe they have more now since I bought mine years ago. If so, I would get the more course one. A finer one probably won't do too much.
If you eventually go to a regular rasp, just use the finer side to start to get used to it and not take too much off at one time.
Thank you. I may just have to try the fine side of a regular rasp. If it goes well, or even if it doesn't for that matter, I'll report back!
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