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Very few topics have the potential to stir up a hornet’s nest like hoof-trim theories. Among these, you’ll find approaches that have years of use, while other theories have emerged in recent years, stressing different landmarks or stress points as the purpose of the method.
Still, as different hoof trim theories find favor with devotees or disdain from detractors, the hoof nipper, as a tool used for trimming, has endured through it all. Manufacturers of the tool have introduced innovations over the years, like new alloys used to make the nippers or handle styles, but the basic principle of the hoof nipper hasn’t changed in decades. The same is true for care and maintenance of the tool. There aren’t any surprise tricks you can use to get more life out of hoof nippers, only a blend of awareness and repetition.
This is how some hoof-care professionals approach the subject.
When the time comes to buy hoof nippers and you are inexperienced or have only used hand-me-down tools, here is what you should look for in quality tools. Many farriers we spoke with are fans of some of the higher-end models. That isn’t to disparage any of the more cost-effective tools, but these shoers feel there is an improved quality that comes with the higher price for hoof nippers.