Hard hooves.

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by jaytori220, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    My goats hooves are so hard you hardly cant trim them. Has anyone ever used a hoof conditioner that works that they can reccommend? I have access to Hoof Heal, Mane and Tail hoof conditioner, and Absorbine Hoof conditioner. Has anyone ever used these?
     
  2. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    Goat hooves are like fingernails, if you get em to walk around on moist ground they will soften up.
     

  3. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    That would be nice but here in Florida we have had no rain. And if you wet the ground down its so dry the ground just sucks it up. I doubt my goats would let me soak them in a shallow bucket.
     
  4. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    I live in Az....rain in tucson is like snow in bermuda. but I do have grass in the yard so we wet it down let em wander and ambush em for hoof trims. if not then I would say any of the hoof treatments should work.
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    that is a hard one... :scratch: ...they do soften up during the rainy season with the wet ground...never tried the conditioners ect....let us know if it works...because I have the same issue of hard hooves... in the summertime...... :wink:
     
  6. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    I dont know yet as last year I had the babies so their hooves were never that hard. This is he first year with larger harder hooves. When I had horses I always used hoof conditioners but I really never noticed a difference in hardness. My farrier always said they had nice feet and easy to trim though. Ill have to pick up something and see.
     
  7. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    babies do have the softer hooves ...they are so much...easier to trim.. that is for sure....as they get older there hooves get harder....in which... if they stayed soft all the time ....it could be a bad thing...they would get tender feet or worse.....so we have to deal with the hardness....unless we can find a temporary solution.... to get them soft for trimming then let them return to normal until the next trimming time...... :wink:
     
  8. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    I read a book once where a gentleman used to make his goats stand on wet carpet for several hours before trimming, to soften the hooves.
     
  9. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I found that good trimmers can trim through even hard hooves and to even it out use a hoof file.

    I like the orange handled ones you can get just about anywhere. Jeffers calls them "shear magic hoof trimmers" but other places have a differnt name for them
     
  10. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    here its wet usually... but i did have a problem like that last year. i just sprayed the hooves with water, then usually stick some baby oil on them
    i bet the absorbine would work well.
     
  11. karmouth

    karmouth New Member

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    Dec 1, 2008
    ocala, FL
    I am also in Fl and we have enough dew at night that if you trim in the am they are a bit softer . We use nipper's and a sur form. It's like a hand held grater . It works great .
     
  12. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

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    Oct 1, 2008
    We only have a couple that have hard hooves though.
     
  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    We like the orange handled ones to.... :thumbup: ...but when you are doing alot of goats..... it don't take long to dull....we use a file on them to sharpen......but they get to the point to where they will not sharpen anymore......Just did some trimming.... and it is time ...to buy new ones..... :help: :doh:
     
  14. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

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    Oct 1, 2008
    We use the orange handled ones as well and we keep a couple around!
     
  15. jaytori220

    jaytori220 New Member

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    Mar 24, 2009
    Melbourne, Fl.
    I do have the Shear Magic orange handled ones. I love them. But its just the goats hooves that are so dang hard. I also have a Pedegg that I use that I like over the hoof plane.