Perfect, input from someone who does and uses these specialty tools.
Unless you truly know what to do and how to do hoof testers you might want to think about that...I agree.
It isn't necessarily how much you buy but the quality of the instruments you buy.
Hoof nippers can cut like a hot butter knife or you can struggle and fight with them...
Rasps are the same...good ones cost.
Don't forget the handle for the rasp...and a palm protector piece too
.Look at a farriers hands and understand using the tools to protect you...
Whether a loop style or hook-end and edge..left or right handed..you need to be skilled handling it.
Hoof stands were recently addressed in a thread, not sure if yours or someone else's...
I personally had no idea of how much the one my farrier has cost...
I also saw used ones by me for 1/2 the price of the cheaper new from farriers retiring or needing/wanting different, but the savings was very substantial..check out Craigslist.
Your tools for what you need could be used and what other farriers retire aka throw-out, for not worth the effort extra they take them to do the job will and would work for you...
Speak to the farriers that service your barn and see if they are willing to part with their still have life but to used for them
equipment either for free or a nice savings.
Ask them to save those things for you as they come to care for the horses as you see them often.
The "cheap" stuff you find at stores not of the farrier supply variety are not the quality you want for the kind of job you want to produce...you will also work far harder than you need to using cheaper quality.
The one thing you did not mention and is not something to forget or cheap on is a farriers apron...
At the risk of shredding your legs, wear a apron and get a good one for good protection.
I know this business https://www.farriersdepot.com/index.aspx
is where I purchased my products for the WLD my horse had as it was in stock. I gave you a link so you could see prices and some choices.
Certainly there would be places near you to look at and see what fits your hand as comfort means a lot when using your hands and these kinds of tools.
My husband in his younger years did primarily "finishing" of hooves for his friend, my farrier.
He has farrier tools, notice I said he...not I.
He does touch-up if needed but said no thanks to doing our horses all the time...
He said this is
a profession for the younger set not him
anymore and not now with health issues brought on by age, aka arthritis...
If he had stuck with it for the past 20 years, maybe...to start again now...no-thanks.
If you are not already working out to build your strength, start now..
Your back & hands need to be ready to take on the job you plan to make them do...basically all of you
needs extra strength & conditioning.
Horses can be very heavy to support when they lean on or yank against you and you also need to learn how to not allow that... Be careful
my husband said you not get hurt, especially your back.
Enjoy your project.