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  1. Haven't been on in years

    I haven't been on here since like 2010. Time flies and I'm getting old
  2. Mileage To Charge For Trimming Services?

    heck i dont love doin that many myself. but i sure do love the way my wallet feels when im done lol.
  3. Mileage To Charge For Trimming Services?

    i try my best in groupin areas and clients together. for one it help cause i absolutely hate drivin. and two it makes it to where i dont have to charge mileage cause im not havin to make multiple trips out to the same area. given that a great majority of my clients are 45+ miles away from me one way, it is not so bad cause in one trip im usually trimmin 17+ horses. plus i put after market parts on my truck to get better mpg. so all in all i never ran into a situation to where i needed to charge extra for gas.
  4. How Do You Do It

    you know the more i think about it the more i see i spend WAY more time under horses then i do on them. and when those rare times come that i wake up and say "i'm goin to the pasture and hang out with my big babies and ride Napoleon" i forget to take all my trim gear out of my truck and leave it at home. cause as soon as i show up there is bound to be a dozen or so horses that i gotta trim. so my chaps and baseball cap gets put on and off to trimmin i go. you ask how do people find the time to trim, i am cryin how do yall find time to ride or just hang out with the horses. in the end i just tell myself that most likely my place in this world or purpose is to be under horses makin sure that they run free and fast with healthy beautiful hooves to the best of my ability. its not a sad life, just a back breaker.
  5. We're Seeing Dr. Teskey Next Week

    you know i plan on trimmin for the rest of my life till i cant lift a rasp anymore. and i sure do hope that one day someone will say way you posted on here about me. well besides the whole it wont be cheap part. yeah that sure would be neat.
  6. What To Do With My Other Horse Right Now

    okie dokie. IMO and from what I am seein, castin is a great idea. But castin might make you have to buy a boot one size bigger then the real hoof size. Then again it all depends on how you cast the hoof and how much wrap you use. But by lookin at those pics I would say you might need a good deal of wrap to build up those heels a tad. What I would suggest instead of castin at this moment would be Sole Gaurd and boots and pads. And then when you get further a long in rehab then cast. Boy you need a complete overhaul on the heels and heel platform. I would love to see the x-rays too. Don't be hard on your farrier. Though the road to **** is paved with good intentions, at least he is givin his very best to try to fix your mare. I currently have a client that has a geldin who's hooves would chapped my butt to the point I almost screamed out "DANG IT GROW RIGHT AND FIX DANG IT!!". And I just was baffled why the horse was not filling in old abscesses with new growth till I asked my client to have things checked out by the vet next time she had x-rays done. Turns out there was a good bit of bone infection that was killin the new growth before it formed. So now that is taken care of there has been improvements. Well I am not entirely sure where I am gettin with this. I reckon I am just tryin to say that I know what it is like to put forth all your effort to fix a hoof problem and make all the pain go away but be held back from some unseen cause.
  7. Honey For Thrush

    HA! Very valid concern. Especially here in TX.
  8. Getting Her Shod

    I am just wonderin what puttin shoes on a horse with weak hoof walls is suppose to fix? I mean shoes do not encourage healthy thick hoof wall but rather do the exact opposite. So I'm baffled at that part. And what would shoes do for thin sole? It's not gonna fix the problem. I don't know, I just think its all kinda silly when I hear farriers tell people that sorta stuff. And Hibiscus IME and IMO abscesses are not mostly due to bad trims. Especially if we are not talkin about abscesses on the sole. But even then I would say abscess blow out on the sole are not due to bad trims 85-90% of the time.
  9. Finally Going Right By My Poor Filly...

    please do not expect a radical transformation in this trim. if you do you will be settin your self up for disappointment. always remember the rasp is just a file on steroids not a magical wand.
  10. There Is A Big Difference!

    preach on sister ETA- I tell people who think they are getting the barefoot trim to google or yahoo search "wild mustang hoof" and look for the images. Then I tell them to look at those pics and look at their horses hooves, and if they are not similar in the slightest then they are not getting the true barefoot trim.
  11. Finally Going Right By My Poor Filly...

  12. How Long Does It Take You? (or Your Trimmer)

    First off I wanna commend all you ladies that are either trimmin just your horses or trimmin for others. (not tryin to be sexist or anythin) but hoof work is not the kinda work that women have a easy time with cause of the size and strength issue. So with that bein said, it tickles me pink to read yall sayin stuff about yalls little hands and so on LOL. I use draft size nippers 100% of the time. For one reason its cause I do work on a good number of drafts and a lot of horses with very thick hoof wall. Another reason is cause you have to get use to the bite of your nippers just like the cut of your knives. And if you go back and forth between different nippers and knives you might make a big mistake with your cut and nip. And for those that said yall lack the leverage and hand size for thick hoof wall, I actually shorten the handles on my nippers cause my hands are big and strong enough to not need that extra leverage and also I dont like the handles bumpin the horses belly when I trim. But anyways back to the question from the OP. I tend to take about 20 mins a horse and try my best to not go any faster. I do not trim for speed or quantity. I much prefer to trim at a good calm pace so that I have plenty of time to focus on the details of the hoof so that I dont miss anythin. Now I run into a lot of neglected hooves or bad tempered or standin horses. And those take me about 25-30 mins to do them. But that has to do with the fact that a horse has a harder time fightin with and pushin around someone my size and I'm pretty good at controllin a horses movement. The lady that you trimmed for that said you take too long and she doesn't have the time to wait for you to trim for her, I would just be thankful that you dont need to deal with her and feel sorry for her horses. There is a old sayin "the recipe for failure is to try to please everyone". Just think about that when you run into people like that, and you will run into them a lot if you trim for the public. Well thats pretty much my two cents. And once again kudos to yall women who are trimmin. [Not Worthy]
  13. Natural Hoof Trimming Clinic

    you cuss and yell at it till it straightens up and acts right. the same technical works on kids too
  14. Natural Hoof Trimming Clinic

    what is the name of this instructor that did that clinic?
  15. For Anyone That Loves The Barefoot Hoof

    lol thats why I got the silver one. but I never were yellow gold anyways. and 79 bucks is just a tad over two trims for me so I didnt mind the price at all.