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Goat hoof care
Goat hoof care
Caring for a goats hooves are one of the easiest farm jobs you will ever do. First assemble everything you will need. We use a mop bucket for this. In our bucket are the following things. large toenail clippers, 2 dry rags, 1 spray bottle filled with water and wire cutters. You can put anything you think you might need.
Sometimes we have to catch our goats. As they have learned to identity the bucket with the activity to come. Depending on how much your goat fights this will tell you if it will be a one person job or not. Ours is always a two person job. If it is a two person job. Find someone strong enough to hold your goat down. We leave our goats keep their horns. It gives something to hang on to. Some goats will stand and let you clip their feet while standing to eat however most wont.
Lift each foot. You will notice that it is a split hoof. Dirt and other things can get in there and cause irritation. Inspect each hoof. Your looking for wear as well as how much growth is over the nail bed. Growth over the bed can trap dirt and stones. Causing your goat to become lame.
First clean the split part of the hoof with your first rag. After you've done that spray the hoof with your water. Your looking for cracks in the outside of the hoof. You will feel them better when the hoof is wet. There is a product made for hoof repair. Take your second rag and dry the hoof. This is important to keep in mind when you start to clip. Your goats hooves are just like your finger nails. They don't have nerves in them, but if you cut into the quick they will bleed and may not be able to stand on that foot.
If the nail has overgrown across the bed. You will have to take your snips and try to pull the nail back far enough to start your first clip. Work back the nail as you would your own nail. Not working in sections, but rather in a line. Clip away till you start to see white. This is where you will start getting close to the quick.This is where I use my toenail clippers. If you do clip into the quick and the hoof does bleed. Place on it a clotting product. You will find it at your local feed store. And finish the hoof.
If you decide that clipping their nails is just outside your comfort zone. Call a farrier ask them to come out and do the job. Stand there and watch. Most wont mind if you do and make sure to ask questions. A little information from the right person is better than none at all.