Are Splayed Hooves Bad? (Sheep)

Discussion in 'Goat Conformation' started by AlabamaGirl, Feb 22, 2021 at 5:02 PM.

  1. AlabamaGirl

    AlabamaGirl Well-Known Member

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    On a scale of 1-10, how much of a problem are splayed hooves? Do people usually cull for splayed toes?
     
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  2. AlabamaGirl

    AlabamaGirl Well-Known Member

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    I checked on him today, he was outside in muddy pasture a few days ago and his hooves were really splayed then, but now that he's in a dry, enclosed area, it's not really noticeable, but is this a bad trait or is it OK so long as it's not affecting him?
     

  3. goathiker

    goathiker I'm watching you Staff Member Supporting Member

    Could be that he was splayed from build up between his toes.
    I wouldn't worry at this point. Sheep tend toward looser feet than goats anyway.
     
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  4. AlabamaGirl

    AlabamaGirl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!
     
  5. fivemoremiles

    fivemoremiles Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    western montana
    I cull for excessive hoof growth. I'm a lazy herder and i don't trim hooves but never for splayed feet. in mud keep an eye on the gland between the toes of the front feet. it can become plugged and infected. i was trying once to clean up a gland and couldn't get it to clean out. i squeezed it and it popped like a pimple. I moved my sheep to a new field today the snow is melting and its getting muddy. i moved them to avoid problems.
     
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  6. AlabamaGirl

    AlabamaGirl Well-Known Member

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    If we go today, I'll check for that.