Thursday, February 18, 2010

How to Trim Goat Hooves

How Red Brick Farm trims goat hooves:
I don't use hoof knives, they're too scary. Would you want your toe nails trimmed with this thing?!? They're used to trim the sole and heels of the goat hoof.

We trim the first of every month. Our does' footing is soft so their hooves grow very fast. You should train your goat to pick up all four feet, making this job SO much easier.

What you need:
hoof pick
hoof shears
hoof file/knife

1. Clean the dirt out of your goat's hooves. You can't see what you're doing if the hooves are packed with dirt. Also, dirt dramatically dulls your shears.

2. Trim the excess heel and hoof wall growth, level with the sole (making sure to trim the excess on the inside backs of each 'claw')

3. With your hoof file or scary hoof knife, level off the hoof so it is parallel with the coronary band. STOP at the first sign of pink in the sole or walls.

4. Trim overly long dew claws.

Voila! You're done. If you have a problem with hoof rot in your area, it would be an excellent idea to clean the equipment after each goat.

Want illustrations? Here's a great link! http://hoeggergoatsupply.com/info/hoof.shtml



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