Trimming Mature Goats

This doe needs her feet trimmed.
Her hooves are overgrown and effecting the way she stands and travels.
The long toes allow for manure to collect and cause foot rot.

Snip Not Trimmed Snip Bottom Shot


Snipping Snip Large hoof trimmers are required for a job like this. Follow the growth lines on the side of the hoof to cut a straight path. Cut deep enough so the walls will be flush with the sole. Be carefull not to cut too deep. Cut the sole flat, remove broken or unhealthy sole.


Cut the sole flat, remove broken or unhealthy sole. Make sure to trim the heels. Follow the growth lines on the side of the hoof and trim the heels back appropiately. Snip-One down


Snip trimmed Make sure both toes are trimmed evenly and all dead tissue is removed. If you suspect hoof rot treat with Kopertox or Bleach.


Compare the way the doe stands before and after she has been trimmed.
Notice how much wider the doe stands after being trimmed.
Her back legs are not hocked in, and she is standing stronger on her pasterns.
Snip, our doe lacks condition today, but she just had quads two weeks ago!

Before

After

Before Snip After Snip


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