There is nothing more frustrating than trying to judge an even trim or flare with a long rasp that bumps against the ground or when you’re eyes are tried from looking at uneven feet. Whatever method of trimming you use and whether you keep your horses barefoot, like us, or you choose to shoe; using the Precision Pick regularly will help you develop a confident eye, so that you can accurately judge progress, making for more precise trimming and it’s great for those odd occasions as a hoof care professional when you find you’re in any doubt.
For those that are in the process of hoof rehabilitation it’s ideal for working in situations where a horse can’t flex it joint properly so you’re trimming at odd angles, meaning you can still easily keep track structural changes and grow without having to turn yourself into a pretzel.
The Precision Pick is made from stainless steel with laser etched scale measuring in both metric and imperial units. The right side measures in 1/16″ units up to 6″ on the long face with a centre marker at 3″ and up to 2″ on the pick end, while the left side of the precision hoof pick measures in millimetres up to 16cm on the long face with a centre marker at 8cm and up to 5cm on the pick end.
The Precision Pick functions as an accurate visual aid, designed to measure hoof width and length, sole and frog proportion, toe length, concavity depth, central sulcus and collateral groove depth, heel height, heel bulb width, bar length and height, hoof wall and white line thickness. You can easily determine if flare is present on the medial and lateral sides of the hoof, as well as the dorsal/front surface of the hoof wall. There are many other aspects of the hoof you may want to measure depending on rehabilitation needs or different methods and training.
‘It only took one trimming day, to get me completely hooked on your hoof pick! The shape is great and the measurements are very handy. Plus, it has an added benefit I wasn’t expecting: It easily slides in and out behind a hoof knife in the pocket of my chaps (without building bulk or snagging on the knife as I pull it out). That immediately fixed a little “pocket switching” issue I had going on. Thank you for putting so much into such a simple tool… Who knew? Cool Tool!’ – Pete Ramey