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I was thinking of getting one of those hoof stands that will hold the hoof in either position while you are trimming. I have a regular hoof stand right now, but sometimes when my back is really hurting I wish I had something to hold the hoof up -- especially the back hooves, as it puts my back in a worse angle somehow. But the front hooves too, when it really hurts.

I think if I ever start trimming the horse full time, I would get stronger. But the older I get, I wonder about getting one of those stands. Does anyone have opinions or recommendations? Right now, I just rasp a little between visits from the real trimmer. Sometimes I actually have to nip off a bit.
 

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I bought my husband a version of the hoof jack (kind of the equivalent of husband buying me a vacuum cleaner..LOL) and he likes it about as much as I like my new vacuum :)
 

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A hoof jack is never a bad idea, regardless of how often you trim. My brother (who is a farrier) has one and swears by it.
 

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I love my hoof jack. Got it used for a song. It's much easier to use than our old hoof stand, which wasn't weighted right and would tip easily. I have a friend who uses a jack stand when he trims. My hoof jacks a lot lighter.
 

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I bought my husband a version of the hoof jack (kind of the equivalent of husband buying me a vacuum cleaner..LOL) and he likes it about as much as I like my new vacuum :)
Too late to edit, I do love my vacuum...I meant that in a good way..LOL
Hubby likes his hoof jack :)
 

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FWIW, my brother has this one. He says the magnets on the sides are really handy for holding your rasp and nippers and the automatic lift system makes adjustment really easy. It works just like the lever on the bottom of an office chair.

Also, his has been through hell a time or 3, trimming unruly horses that knock it over, stomp on it, kick it across the yard, etc and it still works great LOL.

It's the "Power Cradle Stand"
Hoof Stand
 

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Thanks smrobs, that one looks great!

COWCHICK - I was wondering if that was a good comparison, or a bad one. Either way, I equate both vacuuming and trimming with a backache.

I'm whining I guess.
 

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I think if I ever start trimming the horse full time, I would get stronger. But the older I get, I wonder about getting one of those stands.
Ahhh...when we were young. I've found that every year I get older, my back may get stronger, but I still need to take more ibuprofen ;-)

My wife bought me a hoof jack years ago, and it is great at saving wear and tear on the back. It takes a little getting used to at the start (if you're used to holding the hoof between your legs), but once you get used to it, you'll never go without it.

I also use a angle grinder like Ryobi 4-1/2 in. Barrel Grip Angle Grinder-AG403 at The Home Depot with 30 grit discs instead of nippers and a rasp for 3 of our 4 mares (our youngest doesn't want anything to do with it and I use a rasp for her). With practice you can do a perfect trim on a hoof in a minute without getting sore arms and shoulders.
 

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I don't have extra money for fancy gadgets, so I usually get on one knee and rest the leg on my thigh. Alahna likes it much better that way for her hinds since she prefers them low to the ground. The fronts I'll hold between my legs and trim because she doesn't lean at all and I can generally do those within 10-15 minutes (I don't normally trim anymore though).
You have to trust the horse though, because down on a knee takes a couple extra seconds to get up and away, so I wouldn't be doing it on a horse that isn't absolutely exceptional with their feet.

I mayy start trimming on my own again though since I have better things to spend the money on, not to mention she can only go 5 weeks with a trim. I had shoes on her, so I got a farrier (don't have extra money for the tools, and not going to spend it for the one horse I do)..but my back's getting better from my accident and Alahna's doing well barefoot..so we're going to try barefoot again.
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I got a Hoofjack (that is the name of the brand). Honestly, if I had it to do over, I would buy something else. It has a large footprint, so it is kind of "cumbersome". It is just "okay".
 

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The Hoof Jack is nice, depending on the environment you are using it on. On flat surfaces (Rubber mats, concrete, etc) it works great. When you bring it out on wet grass, mud or uneven ground it tends to move and slip around because the bottom is flat.

For this reason, I purchased a metal stand with a round concave bottom - works great on all surfaces!
 

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Im on my phone so I can't link right now - I got a "farrier stand" on amazon for $60, it has two heads (a cradle and a round top) and two magnets to hold your tools. Awesome hoof stand, it has really stood up to abuse. If you like I can link later today :)
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Shoot I shouldn't have opened my mouth until I got that link, they've upped the price since I bought it early last year, it's just over $100 now - still free shipping though!

Amazon.com: High Country Plastics Farrier Stand Blue: Pet Supplies

That being said, I'd still highly recommend it. It's heavy, it's metal, it's clunky - which I like because the horse has a harder time tipping it over. Also I like the flat base because I can stand on it if I have to to keep it from being moved around. The height is very adjustable. The thing that surprised me when I got it was that the cradle is really fat, it's more like a curved platform so it holds the whole hoof.

Sorry it wasn't the super awesome $60 price tag though!!

EDIT: But I did end up finding it just now on other websites for $60 :) No idea bout the shipping though.
http://e-tackroom.com/high-country-maintenance-farrier-stand/
 

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^^Ware, they are so worth it. On the extremely rare occasion that I need to trim a horse, my brother left one of his old ones over here for my Dad to use (though we really try to keep him from doing any shoeing/trimming, it's just too hard on him after his heart attack). I use it and it saves so much effort....especially on us folk that aren't used to doing it all the time and our little legs are weak as kittens LOL.
 

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Yup, I am getting one!
 
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