Back in December, I told my husband that I could use a new rasp for Christmas. I waited a week or so expecting him to ask me where to purchase the kind that I like (the ladies rasp on the left in the photo), but when he didn't ask, I just figured he had already bought too many presents. He is really good at picking out surprises, so I rarely ask for specific items. Then the holiday rolled around and there was a rasp-shaped gift under the Christmas tree. Hmmmm. When I opened the gift I was delighted to find a dual-handled rasp with nifty orange covers on the ends. My husband found it on Amazon. I should have guessed!
So now I own "rasps" and I have started to specialize my use of them. The new large rasp is good for taking down excess hoof wall and using two hands. That baby is sharp and I can work pretty quickly, moving from one foot to the next. The shorter Ladies' rasp is still the best for working the bevel. I need a rasp that is light and maneuverable for that job. Those magnets on the Hoof Jack come in mighty handy when you have multiple tools. I am also used to the Hoof Jack now. It took a while, but I finally have the same feel and control that I had when I rested Harley's foot on my knee and he seems more agreeable about keeping his foot in the cradle. I tend not to bother with the pedestal attachment unless there is noticeable flare to take off from the top.
|Believe it or not, this is five weeks of growth. I could never get away with this in the summer. He can grow this much hoof in two weeks (Right front).|
|Even the bars haven't done much since the last trim. I got really lucky and it was almost sixty degrees on trim day (Left front).|
|Right front: I actually trimmed some cruddy frog on this foot. That is a very rare event for me.|
|Left front: Pretty, pretty heels|
|Left hind: This was the only sign of separation on any of his feet. His quarters would have been separated like crazy if I waited five weeks in the summer and he would have had lots of flare.|
|What a good boy|