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--- In ECHoof@..., Abby Bloxsom <dearab@...> wrote:
LOL! I learned that the hard way!
Our farrier has been helping me learn to maintain Cassie's feet
between his 6-week visits and is nice enough to keep me set up with a
good Heller rasp. After being used to "feed store" rasps, I removed a
good portion of knuckle the first time I used a Heller. Gloves are a
must with those things.
Also, he found the same thing as Abby re: Savedge durability. I
remember when he tried those - went through several just at our barn.
He always returns to the Hellers.
Suzanne and Cassie
You mentioned that you like a sharp rasp. The ones I can get from a local tack store are not very sharp (or inexpensive). Are there any particular brands that are sharper??Most aggressive & durable rasp on the market is the Heller Legend. The Black Legend is somewhat more durable but not nearly as sharp. I have used the new Columbian-made Hellers and they are absolutely up to snuff, but they are back-ordered at the manufacturer right now, so if you find any stores that still have them in stock be sure to snap them up!
Second choice is the Bellota Top Sharp (not the Classic) which actually is almost as sharp as the Heller but not quite as durable, but has the advantage of having greater tooth coverage over the rasp side (the teeth are closer to the edges).
Third choice is the Savedge rasp - biggest selling rasp among shoers. It's actually a little sharper than the Bellota but MUCH less durable especially when you're rasping barefoot horses & have to file through grit, dirt, etc.
If you do buy a Heller, be *exceedingly* careful handling it without gloves.
I am not Abby, but I am a huge fan of the Heller Black master Rasp (1st choice, not cheap) and the Heller Legend as my second choice. Now that said they have been switched recently to OUT OF COUNTRY manufacturer so we'll see if quality upholds....
I hate Bellotas...they just tucker out too soon for the $
You mentioned that you like a sharp rasp. The ones I can get from a
local tack store are not very sharp (or inexpensive). Are there any
particular brands that are sharper??
Thanks for any help. I'm just getting started trimming my own and am
trying to get the tools to make it easier!
Kellie (and Kelton and Ripple)
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