Trimming Your Own Horses

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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21 Responses

  1. Vicki L Ciepiela says:

    Very inspirational! I have two horses and don’t put shoes on either one. One has VERY hard strong feet, and the other not so much. She gets tender easily. I may be picking up my own rasp and hoof knife soon myself.. Thank you!

  2. Jill Mora says:

    Great article! Maybe someday I’ll try trimming my horse, I do hate trying to coordinate the trimming schedule with the farrier. I have recently tried a new trimmer and he comes on a 5-6 week automatic schedule. That makes me REALLY happy and he
    does a wonderful job, so fingers crossed.

    Best of luck writing your book and be sure and let us know when it’s available for purchase!

  3. Regina says:

    Awesome article, I’ve thought about this more than once. Buuut…you had the experienced eye of your husband, the farrier watching you. Suggestions?

    • Casie says:

      Thanks, Regina. I would suggest finding someone willing to give you some lessons. There was one barefoot trimmer in my area that was willing to do that, but we couldn’t ever seem to coordinate our schedules. I would also suggest just starting with a rasp until you’re completely comfortable with trimming. You’re much less likely to do harm that way.

  4. AnneMarie says:

    You are right: everybody can learn it!
    I also learned it and did it for some time.
    If my health were better I would still do it, unfortunately I have so little energy and strength these days that I cannot, especially since one of my horses has leg problems and even my natural hoof keeper has problems to make him lift his foot.
    But anyone healthy with normal-healthy horses should be able to do it!

  5. Canadian Cowgirl55 says:

    I trim my own horses. I learnt the ABC Natural Hoof Care trim method and my horses hooves have never been so healthy!! My farriers were letting me down so I decided that was it…I’m pulling the shoes and trimming them myself! It was the best decision I have ever made for my horses. I feel so empowered to be able to trim myself. I’m not a very big person and I’m of mature age so…If I can learn it and do an excellent job at my age so can you!!

  6. Anna says:

    What brand of nippers do you suggest? I have talked to my trimmer about doing trims in between her trims and she has recommended some brands but they are expensive. Are there any cheaper brands that will work for a person that’s not trimming the amount of horses an actual farrier is trimming and thus needed the better brands?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Anna–I use GE nippers. Diamond is less expensive and work pretty well as well.

    • Canadian Cowgirl55 says:

      If your trims are done on a regular basis you shouldn’t need nippers if at all. A good rasp in-between trims just to keep any chips and roughness from getting bad is all you should have to do 🙂

      • Casie says:

        I know people that just use a rasp. I still like to use the nippers some too though. And I trim every four weeks. I don’t advise people use nippers until they’re fairly confident in what they’re doing though.

  7. Phillipa Munari says:

    I started trimming my horses a few years ago. I was shown how by a pro a few times. Had my work checked a few times. Brought a pro in if I got over my head. Researched and learned. I was out walking the horses today and though…huh…I think you finally have it. It’s not for anyone who’s not willing to accept help and be shown how by a pro in my opinion. But it sure feels great to get there.

  8. Mandy says:

    I enjoy your thoughts, information and insights on trimming! I had enough of the farriers who where not doing what I knew needed (or didn’t need), being ugly to my horses, late or not showing up at all! I took in all the information I could find and read a lot. I am fortunate to have found someone who guided me and will be there for me if I get into a situation, but overall it is going well. My horses hooves look good. I too feel empowered to be able to manage them when they need it, not on someone else’s schedule. Please keep your site going. It is so helpful!

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