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post #1 of 2 Old 09-22-2020, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on trim routine

My gelding has amazing feet. He’s always been barefoot and maintains his hooves very well. So well in fact that I regularly skip a trim cycle because the farrier doesn’t have anything to take off when he comes! Because of that I always let him go an extra cycle before calling the farrier out. But even then, when the farrier comes, it takes him less than 5 minutes to do a full trim and he almost always sticks with his rasp to just shave the uneven wear. As a struggling college student, paying $45 for a trim that takes 5 minutes is almost painful! Would it be completely absurd of me to buy a rasp and do it myself? I’m not saying completely cut out the farrier (I would never do that) but maybe just to bypass and extra one or two cycles until he actually needs a trim. Mind you, I am a college student who is majoring in equine studies and has seen hundreds of trims done before. What do you think?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-22-2020, 04:20 AM
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Many, many of us here originally took up the tools because of lack of option - bad farriery or none. If you have a good one, look after him & keep him sweet! But yeah, no reason why you can't learn to do it yourself. And yes, your idea of still getting him regularly, for a while at least, while you trim in between times is a good one. Also do learn the theory, as well as practice first, because there is a lot that you can't 'see' that's relevant to how you trim what you can. You're welcome to PM me for more info.
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