Managing your way on horsesTuesday, January 28, 2014
Rasping a horse's hooves can be difficult if you're doing it for the first time, even if you have clear directions and a tutor right beside you. The following are three things to keep in mind while trying to rasp a horse's hooves. If you want further information about different kinds of rasps, you might consider checking this website.
First, always rasp hooves "around the clock," picking a direction and sticking with it. Going clockwise is usually a good idea. By picking a direction and rasping at an even pace, you can be sure to get things level across the whole surface of the hoof. This is naturally a better outcome; unbalanced hooves are no good at all.
Next, take long strokes. Short, choppy strokes put the wrong kind of stress on the hoof. They're more likely to chip it than they are to smooth it. You don't need to use a lot of speed or a lot of weight. The rasp has weight of its own, and it's textured appropriate to the job it does already. You don't need to force it.
Finally, there's beveling. Beveling is often the hardest part of taking care of a horse's hooves with a rasp. You can make beveling easier on yourself if you work from the bottom up. This makes it harder to accidentally rasp too much of the hoof at a time. Take it slow, and remember what angle you're going for while you work on the hoof. Once you get practicing, it will all seem much easier.