End of The Line Farm

Raising and breeding
Nigerian Dwarf goats in NJ

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I use the "Shear Magic" Hoof Trimmer from Jeffers Supply.  I just bought them and after 11 years of using pruning shears these trimmers are WONDERFUL!
http://www.jefferslivestock.com/ssc/

Trimming Destiny's hooves

Strattling


The hoof before trimming



Trimming the hoof wall



Taking off a bit of the tip


Trimming the frog or heal area (note there isn't much to take off, that happens, don't dig in to trim some off)


Trimming the frog and all done!


Trimming Aspen's hooves

First I tie her up to eat.  Then I straddle her facing the direction of her rear.(picture is for back hoof trimming)


Next I clip the walls and frog of one clove of the hoof. (note this is a front hoof)


One clove done


on to the other (note my knees are squeezing in to hold her still)





Trimming the frog or the heal of the hoof (this is a back hoof)


Another picture of the straddle (for front hoof trimming)





How much should be cut off?

Ok so people ask - well how much is to much? what should a hoof look like?

So here are some before and after pictures to give you an idea

Goats are standing in a natural stance and I got up close to the hoof and took pictures.

 
Before (back hoof)

After (same back hoof)

Before clipping back hoof

During clipping


Before (front hoof)


After - same hoof


Before - front hoof


After- front hoof

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