5 Steps to Safer Trimming
5 Steps to Safer Trimming
1. Proper Coverage
One of the most important steps in safer trimming is wearing
clothing appropriate to the task. Gloves are a must! It may take a
while to get used to wearing them, but they're worth it. Even very
experienced professionals get cuts and abrasions -- a great
invitation to bacteria, not to mention sore spots on your hands.
Protection for your legs is another essential. One slip with the knife
or a sharp rasp can do a lot of damage, and may even land you in
the emergency room. A full coverage apron provides the best
2. Proper Equipment
It may be tempting to try tools from the bargain bin at your local
feed store, but resist the urge! It's potentially dangerous to you and
your horse to try to work through tough horn with a poor quality
knife, rasp, or nippers. Trimming your horse's hooves is important
work and can't be accomplished with shoddy equipment. Proper
equipment doesn't need to be super expensive, and quality tools
will last a lot longer. Purchase professional level tools so you can do
a job worthy of your horse's trust.
3. A Reliable Quality Hoof Stand
Choose a stand with a proven track record for quality, durability and
ease of use from a reputable maker. Cheaper is not always better!
This is an investment purchase for both your long-term health and
the comfort and safety of your equine. A good hoof stand will not
only save your back, but shifting your horse's weight to the stand
will also allow you to better concentrate on what you're doing. With
the help of the stand you'll be able to focus on the hoof instead of
4. Proper Care of Your Equipment
Caring for your tools and keeping them sharp is critical for creating a
well-trimmed hoof and will shorten your trimming time. Dull nippers
and a dull knife won't cut through horn, causing frustration and
leaving a ragged hoof. Always clean the hoof before trimming --
nothing dulls equipment quicker than cutting through grit and dirt.
Select high-quality sharpeners for your knives and keep your rasp
clean and sharp with a rasp cleaner.
5. Learn safe & careful trimming technique
Most important of all, proper technique is the basis for the ultimate
safety of both you and your horse. Proceeding knowledgeably and
cautiously is critical. The more you learn and practice, the better
you will be! And a greater understanding of the hoof also makes the
work more interesting and enjoyable. Our learning materials stress
a safe, sane, sensible approach to trimming which will ensure a
sound and well-trimmed horse. Sharpening your mind along with
your tools is essential!
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Because Barefoot is Best.