All of these knives performed just as well if not better than any knife I've purchased over the years that I've been trimming. These knives are extremely sharp, but we recommend going over the new blades with a sharpener before using. No hoof trimming tools should ever be used without the protection of gloves.
Stainless steel blades. (I don't recommend using aluminum blade knives.)
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These are great tools for the beginner trimmer who may not be ready to invest in costly professional grade tools such as the GE's which are the only brand that I recommend over these tools. These tools are perfect for the home trimmer as well as the upcoming professonal trimmers. They also make a nice extra pair to have in every professional's bucket! They are quality tools, yet affordable.
I do recommend though that quality tools help produce a quality job. My preference in hoof nippers is the GE brand and for rasps, Heller Legends which offer an assortment of rasps now.
Note: There is a segment on our How To Trim The Barefoot Horse DVD, which addresses the basic tool kit. Also, our recommendations for starting out are here and explained in detail on the hoof clinic page:
Farrier Apron - with two pockets roomy enough for 2 knives each, preferably. I keep two knives in one pocket and a hoof pick in the other, but you never know exactly which tools you'll want super hand in your apron pocket. The biggest apron complaint I hear at clinics is that the pockets are just too narrow.
Protective Gloves - We work, at times, in a bacteria-filled environment. Farrier tools are SHARP and even a small cut can get infected! Please wear gloves and speaking from experience, DO NOT rub your eyes with your gloves on.
Hoof Nippers - 12 and/or 14 inch Nippers (both is best for professional trimmers - plus half rounds)
Hoof Knifes - The Chisel Loop Knife and Modified Knife or:
a quality (steel blade) contoured Hoof knife (such as The Knife brand)
and a Quality (steel blade) Loop knife (such as The Knife brand)
Knife Sharpener - we prefer the Smiths little pocket Sharpner which has an extra tip that fits nicely into the curl on the knife tip for field knife sharpening.
Rasps (minimum 2 rasps) - (Rasps don't last forever - keep at least one spare handy) When your rasp is no longer producing coconut like shavings, it's time to get a new one. Our preference is the Heller Legend, and the Save Edge has also proven to be a great rasp, although a bit more aggressive than the Legend.
Hoof Jack - Hoof stand - The Hoof Jack will save your back and keep tools close at hand. Even non-trimmers might consider acquiring a hoof jack in their barn. It's worth the investment for hoof trimming and hoof pictures.
Tool Keeper - a bucket of some sort to keep your tools from migrating away from you. I currently keep my tools in a small tool bucket in my vehicle and take only my stand and the tools I will need with me to the horse. That seems efficient for me, but everyone is different. Keeping all your tools with you in a 5 gallon bucket is handy too and will save a few trips back to the rig to get a tool you didn't bring along. Remember your camera is also an important tool!
Digital Camera or Cell phone: Every horse owner (and especially hoof professional) should have a file on their computer or in print of each horse with pics of the horses body and hoof pictures taken from specific angles for future reference. This can be critical for a professional, but also helpful for horse owners and not just for those doing their own trimming.
Note: If you are a horse owner of barefoot horses, your basic tool kit should include hoof picks, Hoof Jack and wire brush if nothing else. I believe having a hoof rasp with handle should also be in the basic tool kit for all horse owners of barefoot horses and ALL horse owners should keep their horses unshod at some point during the year to offer their hooves a break from the shoes. You would be hard pressed to find even one farrier manual that doesn't specifically include this statement: "every horse should spend part of the year unshod to allow the hoof time to recuperate from the shoes."
Tool care: Working with horses usually exposes our tools to inclement weather. However, keeping your tools dry and functioning properly means not allowing them to be exposed to dampness for prolonged periods. Dry your nippers after working outside in the rain and do not leave your tools outside overnight. Use steel wool to remove rust and be sure to oil your nipper joints when nippers feel sticky.
The joints should work freely - without stiffness.
Nippers may need sharpened when you receive them new and should be sharpened periodically after that. Your new nippers should cut easily through the hoof wall depending on the time of year (how dry the hoof is at the time of trimming).
Sharpening should be done by a someone skilled at sharpening precision tools.
Our Favorite Knife Styles!
Modified Hoof Knife
Here's a knife you likely won't find anywhere else.
This knife doubles as a hoof pick that can get into tight thrushy areas that neither a regular hoof pick or your curved tip knife can go. Now we've modified the knife for you! We've created an all-purpose knife that's a must for every apron pocket! $35 donaton.
Other Tool Recommendations
This is my favorite rasp handle. A rasp handle should weigh just the right amount to balance your rasp and this handle does just that. It's easy on and off with the included allen wrench. Once tightened, this handle will not come loose from your rasp! It fits well in the palm of any hand and its knobby shape will not poke your clients horse in the belly.
Our own knives! PMW = Patricia Morgan Wagner
Chisel Loop Knife
This versitile loop knife is a loop/hoof knife and a pick! Once you get comfortable with using this knife, it could end up being the only knife in your apron! Well - along with the Modified Hoof Knife below.