How to trim a goats feet.

Oh the weather has been amazing !!!  so along with all my other spring time routines I also like to trim the goats feet twice a year once in spring then again in fall. Goats in captivity can’t wear thier hooves down like they can in the wild or with a herd that is kept moving all the time, a few tricks you can do to help keep them worn down are place rocks in thier home to climb on , also put shingles on any of thier toys they climb on, shingles are my favorite as the run and jump the shingles keep wearing down thier hooves as they play but even with that they still need a little up keep. I first off get my sheers/ nippers and I put one of the goats on the milking stand, I give them grain ( because mine are spoiled)  I pick up the hoof and look it over and pick out any debri that might be trapped in the hoof and clean it out so I can see the inner pad of the hoof 

 i then nip off all the long peaces until the side hoof wall is even with the pad  

  if the toes are grown out real far I will nip them off also but always make sure you can see where the pad is because you don’t want to hurt that. And that’s it it’s really easy and they are all taken care of until fall!  

 

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