The Radius RaspsTM
Concave Rasping Tools for Rounding the Edges of the Hoof Wall to Create the 'Mustang Roll'
smooth rounded edge along the perimeter of the hoof wall is essential
for maintaining durable hoof shape and the healthy function of the
'Mustang Roll.' The Radius Rasps have a concave form specially designed
to remove wall horn in an arc. This action makes the task of rounding
the wall edge easier, faster, and more precise than when using rasps
that create flat surfaces. Because it can be used
one-handed, the other hand is freed to hold and steady the hoof while
rasping. Hoof care professionals and horse owners alike will find this
tool indispensable. There are two types of Radius Rasp: the rasp-toothed
black-handled RR-2 for beginning the rounding of the hoof wall and the
white handled RR-1 with
a perforated smooth-shaving blade for making a fine, uniform finish.
Both versions have finger grooves that provide you with a firm,
comfortable grip.These tools work best using many quick, light pressure
strokes. Both Radius Rasps have
have powerful magnets in the handle to attach them to your hoof stand,
horse trailer, or other steel surface and both have replaceable
stainless steel blades that will not rust.
Why two Radius Rasps?
Using the two Radius Rasps in sequence gives the best results in forming the Mustang Roll around the hoof wall. The pointed teeth of the black handled RR-2 are more effective in removing the harder, more uneven surface on an un-trimmed hoof wall, The also quickly round the rough surface left by your beveling nipper cut around the outer wall edge. The shaving action of the white handled RR-1 creates a smoother, more uniform finish to the surface of the 'roll'. These perforated teeth are more effective once the harder outer layer of horn has been removed. Thus the best results are attained by using the two Radius Rasps in sequence.
The Radius Rasp-1 'Original'-- Replaceable Perforated Stainless Steel 'Shaving' Blade
The RR-1 creates the smoothest finish on the edge of the hoof wall. It is used after the RR-2 in normal trimming and for regular maintenance of the arc of the Mustang Roll between trims. It is 4 1/2' long, 2" wide, weighs 8 oz, and fits in your coat pocket. It is most effective when used after removing the harder outer layer of wall horn with the Radius Rasp-2.
The Radius Rasp-2 'PRO'-- Replaceable Solid Stainless Steel Blade with Standard Rasp Teeth
The RR-2 is a more aggressive wall rounding tool that rapidly creates the arc of of the Mustang Roll during normal trimming. Its curve allows you to rasp well above the outer bearing surface of the hoof wall to extend the arc of the 'roll' upward. It leaves a rougher finish than the RR-1 but cuts faster through the hardened outer layers of the hoof wall. It rapidly smooths the edges left by a 'beveling' nipper cut around the outer edge of the wall. In many cases it can create the basic contour of the Mustand Roll without first making a 'bevel' cut with your nippers. If you are doing a lot of trimming or dealing with hard hooves, the RR-2 is an essential tool. Like the RR-1 it is 4 1/2" long and 2" wide, but weighs 13 oz.