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Craig Trnka suggests forcing yourself to use your left hand as much as your right hand while hot rasping an old shoe to ensure both rasps evenly.
Tasks performed with your dominant hand often achieve better results than those done with your opposite. This is especially true — and potentially detrimental — when rasping horses’ feet.
“If you get good at rasping feet, you can rasp evenly with your left hand or your right hand,” International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame member Craig Trnka says in a video posted to the World Championship Blacksmiths Facebook page. “If you don’t, it shows up in your feet because you can build one side of the horse much better than you can the other since you are ergonomically more efficient.”
You can improve your abilities by placing an old shoe in a vise and rasping it with your non-dominant hand, the Edgewood, N.M., farrier suggests.
“Force yourself to use your left hand as much as your right hand,” Trnka says. “Hot rasping an old shoe will be the least amount of damage that you can do to anything.”
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