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View Poll Results: Do you pick your horse's hooves with the same hand or do you use both hands?
I only use one hand 14 73.68%
I use both hands 5 26.32%
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post #1 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hoof picking question

Something I read in another thread got me wondering:

Do you pick all of your horse's hooves with the same hand, or do you use both hands? What I mean, in case that isn't clear, is the hand that is holding the hoof pick -- do you use the same hand on all hooves or do you use one hand on one side of your horse and the other hand on the other side?

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 01:00 PM
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I am right handed so tend to use the right hand for all four feet but can use the left as well when I want to.
Standing on the left side I reach down with my left hand pick up the foot and clean with the right, starting at the heel and cleaning out toward the toe. i was told to it this way many years ago as if you start at the toe and work back to the heel, if the horse tries to put his foot down, the pick can dig into the frog.
Standing on the right side I reach down with my left hand pick up the hoof and clean with the right.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 01:54 PM
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Im ambidextrous. I use whichever hand is the most convenient for the side Im standing on.

I think you asked a similar question, awhile back, regarding hoof knives, and I answered that I have both left and right knives because Im ambidextrous:):)

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post #4 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 02:05 PM
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Mostly my right no matter what side and facing. Recent injury means am on my knees resting her foot in my lap (super safe right?!) and using my right/safe side to pick still.
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post #5 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 02:08 PM
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One hand - right on the off-side and left on the near-side; sometimes left to do both sides by reaching under.

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post #6 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 08:33 PM
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Both, hand closest to the horse picks up the hoof and the other hand wields the hoof pick.
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-20-2020, 08:39 PM
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I think I use both, same as @JCnGrace above, but now I am second guessing myself and can't be sure. I will have to check next time I am picking out hooves.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-21-2020, 02:14 AM
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I put one hand because I would pick out feet from one side most times.
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post #9 of 14 Old 09-21-2020, 07:24 AM
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only one hand i pick out all the feet on the same side.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-21-2020, 07:54 AM
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I use both. Sometimes on the same hoof. But that is because I have a tendon injury on my right wrist and certain movements are difficult.
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