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  1. Health & Wellness
    Hello everyone, it's lovely to be here! I'm part of a community farm that takes care of a small herd of goats. One of our does, a pregnant (due in 2 weeks) Anglonubian mix, has front feet that splay outwards + back feet that bend inwards. She has her hooves trimmed regularly but they seem to...
  2. Goat Management
    I have the opportunity to work with wildlife and I have never seen any wild animal that has naturally worn their hooves parallel to their coronet band. If in the wild animals don't wear their hooves that way, why should we trim that way? It would make sense to me to trim similar to how hooves...
  3. Sheep
    Hi there, I'm a professional dog groomer, and I used to shear sheep for a friend of mine. Well recently she's asked me to come shear her 6 Jacob's sheep. I know it's been a while since they were done, but this was almost 3 years of growth!! Plus I clipped their extremely over grown hooves and...
  4. Health & Wellness
    Ive had goats before, but I had never let their feet get this bad. I picked up two retiree girls and they are sweet, the others hooves are fine, but this girl, yikes. I know the toe needs to come off and I need to get the overgrown hoof walls to the ground and not folded over like they are, and...
  5. Health & Wellness
    Ok, goat gurus, I'm hoping you all can help me out here. My Nubian doe, Josie, is approx. 103 days bred, and has recently started developing some issues with her pasterns. They look fine when she's standing still, but when she walks, they bend until they're nearly parallel to the ground. I...
  6. Other Pets
    I just got a rescue donkey. I saw her add at TSC and she was free. I decided to go pick her up. I got there and goodness, she is a mess. Her hooves are terrible, but, sadly, I do not know how to clip donkey hooves. I will go pick up horse hoof nippers (is that what you call them?) She is a very...
  7. Health & Wellness
    One of my does started walking on her knees while on pasture about 9 days ago. Her hooves were slightly overgrown, so I trimmed them. She started walking better, then went back to kneeling again sometimes. I have been soaking her hooves in cold water morning and night since she first started...
  8. Health & Wellness
    I have a doe I purchased about 2 months ago, she’s about 2 years old and came from really good stock. Today I noticed she has sores on the back of her legs above her hooves. It doesn’t seem to bother her, she lets me touch it and she walks normally. She is the only goat that has it and if it...
  9. Health & Wellness
    I recently purchased an alpine yearling and she seems to have a problem with her front hooves. Her back hooves are trimmed up fine and look much like my Nigerians but her front hooves split out in opposite directions. I've trimmed her hooves (it was a fight) but not sure how to correct this...
  10. Goat Management
    i have one male goat that is a year old and badly needs hooves trimmed. Does anyone know of someone near Galveston Texas that can help me. He is my only goat and had him since bottle. Please help me find someone close to me. I’ve googled and looked around. Thanks so much
  11. Health & Wellness
    I'm looking into ways to keep my goats' hooves healthy in these rainy months (near Seattle!) but when I look it up, the only preventative I see is to trim the hooves. Of course this is necessary but I was thinking maybe a footbath of some kind every couple of weeks? It is ridiculously rainy this...
  12. Health & Wellness
    Hi there, We were trimming our goats' hooves yesterday and found holes in one of our goat's hooves. She's the only one that has them. She doesn't seem to be in pain and she let us trim her hooves like normal, but obviously we're worried. We trimmed last month and didn't see anything like this...
  13. Health & Wellness
    I would like to give them some in case they are, I have a show coming up in a little less than 3 weeks and their hooves are looking a little sad. Advice? Thanks.
  14. Technical Articles & Write-Up Submissions
    Hello my goats have some really weak and bad feet very brittle on some how do I strengthen? Do I need to put some minerals in feed? Vitamins?Or maybe even put hoof paste on their feet?
  15. Health & Wellness
    We now have 11 babies running around, and I can't help but wonder when to start trimming their little hooves. Our eldest are about a month old, and we just had one born Monday. We want to get them acquainted to trimming, since their parents are not. So, final question: What age do I start...
  16. Goat Management
    I have a Nigerian Dwarf, probably about 4 years old. His hooves grow unusually fast, and I have already trimmed them for the 3rd time this spring. Instead of the dark sole under the hoof I trimmed off, I am seeing the softer white type of material that should be only on his heel. I trimmed at...
  17. Health & Wellness
    Hello, I was just up at the barn today clipping everyone's hooves when I started to work on my buck Teddy's hooves. I noticed that he wasn't standing quite right on his back hooves, and it looks almost like elf feet. It's just his back ones and his front ones look great. And sometimes he will...
  18. Health & Wellness
    I have a doe that has funky hooves. Unfortunately, she was the one that suffered from my learning curve. I've been trying for the past year to make her more upright and take off extra toe, but not making much headway. These photos are of her hind hooves, which are by far worse than the front...
  19. Health & Wellness
    Hello, I am new here and I really need some help. I have two female fainting goats about two years old. The one is lifting her back leg and refuses to walk on it. The hoof is not smelly. The outer wall of the hoof is seperating. Their hooves are also very dry. Originally they were not like that...
  20. Goat Frenzy
    They are in a pasture with plenty to climb on... wouldn't their hooves wear down naturally? That's he way it works in the wild, and I know my pasture isn't the wild, but if they are out there 24/7 do I still need to trim their hooves? Thanks!
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