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  • Hoof Nippers - what brand

    do you find best? I have been looking online and am intrigued by the Budnipper brand with the extra leverage. I have arthritic thumbs and I'm thinking this model might make the job of keeping my 2 ponies barefoot easier.

    Comments please.

  • #2
    I'm not qualified to comment personally, but I bought my farrier a pair of mini nippers so he could do my Shetland more easily. They're GE brand and he said they're really nice. FWIW.
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    • #3
      GE makes mini nippers now? wonderful.

      I have a compound action leather punch and it does make the difference for me between being able to punch holes or not in heavy leather. punching holes isn't cutting hooves, but if the tool is made well the idea certainly works in other applications.

      I wonder why the Bud's 'new farrier's model' goes back to single action, though. If the pro's wanted to go back to single action from double, something may not be quite right yet with the compounds. But if you specifically need a low-force nipper, and if someone who has used them can vouch for them, they might fit your need. I'd want a pro to vouch for them before I spent that kind of money on them, personally.

      These are about the same cost as a good pair of GE nippers, which are well proven. For my non-arthritic hands, GEs worked without much force even on desert-dry hooves (I got to try them or at least see them used in trimming class).

      Hopefully the pros will join in and hopefully one of them has at least seen the Buds in action.
      HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.
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      • #4
        GE nippers are the best out there. I just went through this searching for the best brand. GE has the 12" nippers which they advise are good for smaller hooves.
        "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


        • Original Poster

          Hi thanks for your comments. I've read the similar threads mentioned below.

          I have heard of the GE brand - all GOOD, and have found not entirely favourable comments on other sites about the bud nippers, so as you say,
          HorsesinHaiti there might be a design flaw there somewhere. I have found a supplier of a similar type here in NZ.

          Also there seem to be a few people who use angle grinders with great success, so I am going to follow that idea up.


          • #6
            Support the choice of GE nippers as being the best choice around.

            Would like to point out that the longer the handle, the more leverage you get to close the nipper and remove hoof wall. If you have poor strength, you probably want the longer handle, so the leverage will help.

            If you need the narrow jaw (cutting edges) for small hooves, which usually have the shorter handles, you might be able to just use hand length to close the handles, not fully grip with the thumb area while trimming. A lot of women like the shorter handled nippers because their hand length is smaller than mens hands. But I do feel they lose a lot of leverage power using shorter handles. However they feel more in control of the nippers, so it works for them.

            Cleaning the hooves before trimming, should let the nippers stay REALLY sharp. They can be returned to the company for resharpening, which is suggested. Gives them a MUCH better edge than you can do yourself in resharpening. The ease of cutting with GEs makes them WELL WORTH the higher cost to purchase.

            Last idea, is have you seen a hand surgeon? They can do AMAZING things these days and a visit to such a specialist might give you some pain relief and better use of your hands. Not all hand issues need to be "just" endured.


            • #7
              [QUOTE=wendybird;6914914Also there seem to be a few people who use angle grinders with great success, so I am going to follow that idea up.[/QUOTE]

              Any kind of power tool used on the hooves (or teeth) raises the problem of animal tissue overheating. It can be VERY EASY to burn the hoof with heat and injure the animal. Same with power floating, overheating can kill the tooth, have seen it happen.

              So while a great many folks praise using grinders, you often don't hear about the damaged hooves left when they get done. It can be VERY ugly trying to fix such a hoof, if it is even possible, after a poor trim with a grinder tool of some kind.


              • #8
                The big deal, as always, is making sure you have control of whatever you use. I have no idea how long you've been trimming. But the faster something 'cuts' and the more awkward it is to see what you are doing/ control the tool, the more likely you are to take off foot that you really, really wish you could put back on later.

                Since I'm not that experienced, grinders scare me to death. Too much hoof coming off with too much of my vision blocked by the disk for my skill level. I still manage to mess up with a regular rasp. (though trying to trim with a fever from the flu last weekend was probably the true root of my stupidity. Thank Grace that the goof was on a pen potato pony and not on a riding horse, and it wasn't bad enough to lame her).
                HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.
                www.hashaiti.org blog:http://hashaiti.org/blog


                • #9
                  GE or St Croix


                  • #10
                    GE is the standard by which all nippers are compared. But if you can't quite afford the GE. Pieh Tools make a great copy of the GE at a lower price.

                    I've used them and think they are great.


                    • Original Poster

                      So I've spent a couple of days looking at angle grinders, especially the ones with rechargeable batteries and they are WAY too heavy. They look mean too.

                      I think I'll have to go with the much recommended GE 14" and hope that I can manage them.

                      I have been trimming my own 14.1 ponies for about 6 years now, using just a rasp and hoof knife with the occasional input from a farrier when I could get one. Totally fed up with their unreliability hence the nippers enquiry.

                      @goodhors: thanks for your suggestion re medical help . My hands are just deteriorating with age, mostly work just fine but the thumb joints are losing strength and let me down when fine gripping with strength is required.

                      Ponies are very well mannered and I will probably be able to manage just fine with a 2-handed grip.