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post #1 of 6 Old 09-01-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'm sick of farriers. Now I'm doin it my dang self!

As title states, I'm tired of lazy people. Great work when you can get em to work. On a good day, and the mood strikes em.

I'll just do it my dang self! I've been taught, shown, and have done it myself before. Not a problem really. But I work a lot, I'm tired, and it kills my back.

I just trimmed our three horses and right now I know I need a different plan. But they did turn out good.

What do y'all use for hoof jacks? I did all 3 on my knee. Anyone made one? I've got ideas, but would love to see what works for you.

Like my black diamond rasp well enough, but, other options??
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-01-2013, 11:27 PM
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I don't use a hoof jack coz I can't afford one..lol. I use my thigh and not my knees though, my knees can't handle it.

Also, I've never had my back hurt from timming..at all. I don't bend over unless I'm looking at something in depth, I pretty much sit my butt down and have all my weight in my heels, like a wall-sit exercise.

I like my rasp (very sharp though, gotta watch fingers and check how much you're actually rasping), I'll get the name sometime tomorrow, I have to clear my toolbox out to get to it..which'll take awhile, lol.
ETA-I have the Bellota Raptor, love it. I think it cost me $32 online.

I was also told that nippers are usually necessary. Solely rasping some horses can cause hoof issues with collapsed heels and white lines apparently...not quite sure if I believe it completely, just what a farrier (very good, love the job he does) recently talked to me about.

Also..I'd maybe do all their fronts one day and all their backs the next day, one a day, etc.

With Alahna, I can actually get down on a knee and just set her foot on my leg while I trim her fronts because she knows better. With her backs she still likes to yank, so I usually do those properly and use her to lean back on to make it easier on me, a little trick I learned, lol.
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I can't help you with a farrier in your area but I can tell you how hubby made our hoof stands.

Get a couple of old worn out discs, crop farmers will usually have some laying around. Use for the base and weld desired length of angle iron to it. For the front foot stand he cut the top of the angle iron off at an angle then welded a huge nut on it as the cap. I've also seen hitching balls with borium on them for traction on homemade stands. For the rear foot one he bent a piece of straight iron into a "U" shape and then we padded it and covered the padding with duct tape.

They work well except he made the front hoof one a little too tall. The tops are not interchangeable so we have 2 stands. They ain't fancy but they work and made from all scrap material except for the duct tape.
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I've seen hoof stands made out of a pipe welded into an old tire rim.

I honestly have no idea what the original purpose of my hoof stand is. It is a rectangle of metal with a pipe welded into the middle. I saw it laying out behind the shed and said AHA! I use that for rasping and my thighs for trimming.

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^^My brother did almost the exact same thing. He took an old plow disc to use for the base and welded a length of square steel tubing to it with the top cut off to leave it open. He got another length of square tubing that was just small enough to fit down inside the open one. He used some kind of drill to drill holes through both lengths of square piping and has a steel bolt through the holes. That allows him to adjust the height.

Then, instead of having 2 completely different jacks take up space in his truck, he just had a second piece of the smaller square tubing with a padded sling that he could change out for when he had the feet under the horse.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-02-2013, 07:53 AM
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go to a car parts store and buy a $30 jack stand.
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