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Hi All

Just thought I'd share some footage on my ponies being trimmed with a HoofBoss power tool.  Both handled it very well. 

Sonia the bay mare doesn't like it when the bits flick up and  hit her belly so we now lightly wrap  a towel around her belly. 

The big black horse who had farrier/feet anxiety issue doesn't give too hoots.  The hoof man here (Jock) used to study QS so has a lovely way with the horses, so if they do get tense he just backs off and goes back in politely.

 

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Good on you Jock.  Nice to know they're in good hands Amanda.

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That little tool looks cool, and make trimming those hard feet a lot easier.  I was thankful for the rain we are getting because I thought its going to be much easier to do feet on the weekend, I wouldnt have to worry if I had that little gadget!

What good ponies though, a real credit to you and your farrier.

 

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With 24 rock hard hooves to do I'm thinking maybe this is not such a bad idea!!!

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For many years......a long, long, long time ago.....I used a dremel to do our horses feet.  After watching our dentist do our horses teeth with one.  I thought "brilliant....this'd work fab on feet".

I love the dremel as it is small and gets into all the little places easier and it doesn't take wads of hoof off at once.  Thumbs up.

These days I've got pretty handy with a sander which is much quicker, but for those a but nervous about the bigger power tool, the smaller dremel versions would be perfect.

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I'm really keen to give the dremel a go, even though the idea of power tools still makes me nervous :wacko:. Just wondering how hot the hoof gets? Its a fair bit of a cheaper option than the hoof boss at this stage. 

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So I bought a dremel... Its obviously the 'soft' option in regards to hooves and power tools. Its great but so slow I went back to my knife and rasp. Although I can see the benefits for really hard summer soles. Maybe I need to go more hard core on the attachment? Will get back to you on that one :)

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You can get pretty bitey heads for them Jen (whatever the term is!!!) that should take the sou of pretty quickly.  When I used one I still used the rasp on hoof walls to an extent but the key is to trim often so you don't have a huge job to do.

Having said that, why not a sander?  So much easier and so much quicker.  I've used one for maybe 10 years now on all my horses and the kids ponies.  Never once had an incident but I used to always be taking skin off with the rasp!  I actually feel safer with it as I can use it one handed and don't have to get right under horses who may be a big 'footy' at times.

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Thanks Meredith, the sander is a scary step :blink: but you're right. Every time I rasp I lose skin off my knuckles - even with gloves on. Will have to experiment with the dremel attachments a bit more. And now their feet are starting to dry out it will be a bit easier. 

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It's pretty easy Jen really.  I love my sander and I think you're naturally a bit more careful and set up with it.  I don't know how people do it with a rasp and knives these days.  Way too hard work on dry feet for me.  I think my back would complain sorely.

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There is also an electric tool called a Shoof. The head is much smaller than the grider flap disk so you can be more presice with it. 

I looked at them after Amanda posted on FB that she brought one.... 

im going to save up for one!

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I'll check that out Jill, the hoof boss was a bit out of my budget just at the minute until Im 100% certain I'll use it!

So... what you're saying Meredith is just get over it and get a sander :D

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You guys are all incredible. I don't trim my horses feet at all because I don't have any clue about trimming. I'm going to make it a goal to be able to do a trim by the end of 2020. I might have to travel to Andrew Bo and do a weekend. 

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Yep...it really isn't that hard Jen.  Just do it!  ;)

Kerensa I think it is a great goal.  Getting the farrier out is expensive and really your horses feet need  trimming more often than every 6 - 8 weeks.  A little bit often is much better for your horse and easier on your back!

Shane's 10 min trim is brilliant to get you going.  And Peter Laidley is the man when it comes to natural hoof care.  I need to invite hm back to this (his) section of the Forum.  I'm also hoping to have him back for the WHWW again in May.

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Thanks Meredith, I will definitely look into that and get in touch with Peter. Do you know if is anyone thinking of hosting a workshop with him before the WHWW?

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Not that I am aware of Kerensa but just email him and see what he has on.  Peter is very approachable.

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 Hi Kerensa I've done a lesson with Peter  well worth the time, learnt plenty from him he really knows his craft and is also a very interesting man. Peter also has a very unique way with horse's .We had him in conjuction with our play group organize  by Fiona.

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Great, thanks Simon! Georgia had organised a workshop with him and unfortunately I was unable to attend. I might see if organising another one would be feasible.. will contact him this week anyways...

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