A hoof rasp is a coarse file used for shaping animal’s hooves. In the context of hoof trimming it is used to trim and shape the hoof. It is also sometimes referred to as a farrier’s rasp. It consists of a file that may have different textures on each side (a coarse “rasp” side and a “finish” side). The coarser file side is for faster removal of the hoof. The finish side of the rasp is to smooth the hoof and bring it to a smoother finished result.
Rasps vary in size, shape and coarseness of the rasp and finish side. Some options to consider are:
It is best to start with a wire brush to clean dirt and small stones from the hoof. This will extend the life of your rasp and make the job easier. The goal is to have a smooth symmetrical hoof and combat the uneven wearing or growth of the hoof. The rasp side removes the most material to get the hoof to a good shape. The finish file can be used to “shine” the hoof wall and remove any lines created through your earlier work.
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