Mani-Pedi

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Hooves on our farm get trimmed a few times a year.  Just like fingernails, they grow and need to be cut back.  It’s easier to trim the goats than the sheep because the goats will go up on the milking stand.   Each one gets some alfalfa and grain in the bucket and they mostly just stand still and let us groom them.  The sheep weigh at least twice as much as the goats and aren’t quite as docile about being handled so they get put on their wooly butts and are trimmed sitting down.  Usually while wildly flailing their legs.  I never escape that one without a few scrapes and bruises.  We trimmed the goats and have set aside another day to deal with the sheep.  I’m so looking forward to it.  Not.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa J
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 16:43:19

    Great photos, as always. Does a ferrier do the work, while you guys hold them? or do you do the trimming too?

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  2. Connie
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 16:51:18

    Thanks Lisa! That’s Brian doing the trimming in the photos. We’d never try to trim a horse’s hooves but are OK with the ruminants. It takes some practice, I usually err on the safe side so as not to make them bleed. I do the same with our dog and cat’s nails. I’d rather do them more often than hurt someone.

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  3. Gloria
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 10:20:29

    Brian looks like it’s tons of fun. Can’t wait to see him do the sheep’s hooves!!!

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