Frugal Is A Good Thing

hoof-rasp As of late I have been under the weather and have neglected my blogs as well as many other things.

SNL(Son-N-Law), Grandson and Great Grand Son are (first time horse owner and riders)  the proud owners and riders of an old broke down quarter cutting horse.  They have had this horse about a year and he is well over due having a pedicure!

Not being a horse person myself, I did what any ‘smart’ Father-N-Law would do. I went to the internet and found several video’s and snapshots of how to trim a horses hoof and useful horse trimming equipment.

It seems that everyone highly recommends that you invest in a hoof trimming stand and as a minimum, a good hoof rasp, hoof knife and hoof trimming nippers. Crap… the hoof trimming kit set me back $39.00. I found the kit at my local farm and ranch store.

hoof trimming stand As for a hoof trimming stand the most common brand and style I found is the one pictures, the green one!. Retail online sales price was listed as $180.00 plus UPS/Fedex shipping cost. So delivered to my front door would have been near $200.00 for this stand.

Being the Frugal (not cheap) kind of guy I am. I decided to build my own hoof trimming stand. That will be the one my SNL painted black.

After rummaging through our scrap steel pile. Cutting a few pieces to length and welding them into a (adjustable for height) hoof stand our out of pocket cost was $0.00 dollars. That’s right Zero dollars out of pocket cost to build this stand. handmade hoof trimming stand

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16 responses to “Frugal Is A Good Thing

  1. Jonathon McCabe

    Just googled a home made trimming stand as I’m making one for my fiancé. I’m pretty handy at metal work so that doesn’t bother me but having difficulty with the height. Could you tell me roughly how tall yours is at full extension and how small it is when closed all the way down please.

    Great job!



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    • Both pieces of pipe are about 12 inches long, allowing a working height from about 14 inches (small horse/pony or donkey) to around 22 inches.

      Grin if you are wondering about all the scrap iron welded to the base, the base is a worn out 18 inch disk plow and I was using it for a wok before it was recycled into a horse trimming stand.

      If you need more info, feel free to contact me.
      Good luck on your project


  2. I love your hoof stand! That’s the style I want mine to be. I have been looking around for materials I can use to upgrade mine. After years of trimming our horses feet, I finally found a decent file and nippers.

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    • Glad you like it.
      An old used disk off of a disk plow, with short pieces of pipe to be adjustable with a set screw welded on the larger pipe. About 12 inches of 1/8 inch thick X 4 inch wide flat steel formed into a wide top U shape and 8 inches of web strap cut off of a truck tie down strap.
      Good Luck and Happy Gardening


  3. Okay, now you’re ready for horse dentistry.


    • 🙂 I have been looking at what you must do to float a horses teeth. ((Floating the teeth is when a metal rasp is used to file down these rough edges.))
      I’m not sure that Son-N-Law and I can pull that one off!!

      Happy gardening

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  4. my husband who is a farrier would be impressed with you stand and would suggest a piece of old rail road track cut short and pointed a one end is a great cheap anvil… my father made one many years back and we still use it to open up horse shoes and hammering. I will see if I can get a photo and send it to you. great post… my husband does own the green hoof stand and love love loves it.. .but he some times has more then a older tame horse to do… great post and great work.


    • Thanks for taking time to drop by for a visit and for your kind comment(s)
      I am not a horse or mule person nor am I a blacksmith or a farrier. I have never saw a hoof working stand SO, mine is based on internet pictures and it’s adjustable size is based on info found on websites. Don’t laugh, but it’s base is a wok I made from a 16 inch plow disk to use on my BBQ grill (note the 2 carrying handles on the upside down wok. I have a small anvil I made out of an old wagon axle. Works fine when I need a small anvil, Note my welding table is made from a 6 foot X 7 Foot piece of 5/8 inch thick steel plate. 🙂 I seldom need a anvil, I use my welding table to hammer out most thing as needed.

      Son-N-Law and horse are both learning how to use the hoof stand and how to use hoof tools, nippers and rasp.

      Happy gardening


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  6. Based the experience of a friend of mine who has become a farrier, a really good set of chaps will save you lots of money in destroyed jeans. Her significant other said it was one of the best birthday presents he ever bought her – and she agrees!!


    • Thanks for taking time to visit by little blog and for your comment(s)
      I have an old set of welding leathers that are much like chaps. maybe he can reuse them as farrier chaps 🙂
      Happy gardening and a kick free horse to work on.


  7. Hi pobept,
    I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I noticed your abscence and wondered what was wrong. I am glad that you are on the mend. You and your blog have been nominated for The Dragon’s Loyalty award by me. I posted it on your About page. nominated-for-dragons-loyalty-award


  8. You’re quite the inventor!


    • Hehehe … if your really frugal, I mean really frugal, I think I sometime hear and see things in ways others ‘don’t’

      happy soon to be Fall gardening


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