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post #11 of 11 Old 08-17-2012, 11:21 PM
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Good evening from Australia!

I was wondering if anyone can give me a blow by blow for how to trim my horse's hooves. I'd like to be more self-sufficient and learn a useful skill.

I don't wish to put shoes on my horse, just trim barefoot hooves.

If anyone can help shed some light and provide helpful hints I'd very much appreciate it!


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There are a number of different sources of information on trimming to keep your horse unshod.
As loosie suggested and my personal favorite (because it was how I got started) is learning from other people who trim for unshod horses (of course in 1970 we didn't have the internet and I never saw books on the subject). In my case it started with my grandfather, so I didn't have to do any looking to find someone who did unshod trimming. Also having my grandfather's support made it easier when my Vet, along with a local farrier and some others at school (I lived in a very rural county at the time) were telling me I had to shoe my horses or their feet were going to be messed up. Back then it wasn't as common to find a lot of people outside my extended family that kept their horses unshod.
I still enjoy talking with people who trim horses for being unshod and getting tips on things they might have discovered that I haven't seen. Even after 40 years I still pick up something new now and then. Never too old to learn new tricks that someone might have come accross.

A friend showed me training film she had last year that was interesting. I think it was called Trimming from the Top (or something close to that). Showed 3 or 4 different trimmers doing their horses feet. Each with their own technique.
As I recall it was an interesting demonstration.
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