Horse Hoof Care Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have compiled a list of our frequently asked questions and we hope that these are useful for you. If you have any question which isn’t mentioned herein then please get in touch with us via email and we will do our best to advise you as soon as possible.


How do you use a hoof knife?

The hoof knife is used to clean up exfoliating sole, to trim shedding frog, and to cut the bars. Start by Holding your hand out in front of you with you palm facing down. Next you should grasp the hoof knife handle with the blade coming out the left side of your fist and pointing away from you. You can use the thumb of your other hand to push the blade. To trim rubbery frog simply use a slight sawing motion. Patience is key when trimming using a hoof knife, this will bring about an improved result on the hoof and less chance of an injury to yourself.

How are hoof knives sharpened?

To sharpen loop knives sit them on top of a wood table or other fitted wood stand as the hoof knife can be pressed firmly into the wood which will hold in place. Make sure you have a good view of the edge of the hoof knife which you want to sharpen. Only sharpen the inside edge which should be approximately 2 or 3 mm wide. Do not press hard or sharpen too fast, just keep a relaxed hand and sharpen slowly and in the same motion to follow the existing angle.