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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
 

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We are about 3-3.5 hours north of Galveston. But it's really easy to do yourself. We can walk you through it like said above and there are great videos and articles online.

Did you look for any goat farms down near you? I know there are some, or someone a lot closer that might meet up with you and do it and show you how.
 

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We are about 3-3.5 hours north of Galveston. But it's really easy to do yourself. We can walk you through it like said above and there are great videos and articles online.

Did you look for any goat farms down near you? I know there are some, or someone a lot closer that might meet up with you and do it and show you how.
Thanks I will. I've seen the videos and I believe I can do it. Just trying to figure out how to restrain this goat. He is quite strong and stubborn lol
 

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My favorite way to restrain a wild goat for hoof trimming is to use a halter. You can usually find llama or goat halters at most larger feed stores. Snub him up short to a stout post in a solid fence so he can't move very much. Then push him against the fence with your body to make him stand still. If he's really big and really wild it will help to have a second person to help body-check him against the fence. Once you pick up a foot, do not let go no matter how much he kicks and flails. Stay as close to him as possible because it's harder for him to kick you or pull away if you're standing against him. Try to hold the hoof at an angle that's easy for him when he's behaving. A lot of people hold the hoof too high and wrench the goat's shoulder, which is likely to make him struggle. He should be comfortable as long as he's standing still. Don't put his hoof down unless he's standing nicely. Trim one hoof then take a break to pet him, feed him a treat, and tell him how brave and good he was, then move on to the next.

If his feet are really overgrown then you'll need to do this in small steps. You don't want to accidentally trim too much and cause him to bleed because then he'll be totally justified in struggling! Try to make the activity calm and pleasant. Be firm, confident, and no-nonsense about handling his feet, but also be gentle with him so he has no reason to give you a hard time. Make it a special occasion with treats for good behavior. Your helper can even feed him a treat from time to time if he's standing still while you trim. If you keep up with hoof trimming about once every 2 months then it won't be such an ordeal.

Make sure to be careful with your hoof trimming tools. They are very sharp, and it's easy to accidentally stab yourself when your goat starts struggling. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes because he will probably whack you with a hoof and step on your feet at some point. Also make sure to wear leather gloves. The first time might be a wrestling match, but it will get better once your goat is used to it, and it will be good for his personality in the long run. Good luck!
 

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Thanks I will. I've seen the videos and I believe I can do it. Just trying to figure out how to restrain this goat. He is quite strong and stubborn lol
Ahh, well then yes, that is a problem if you don't have a stand. But,good advice above!!
 

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My favorite way to restrain a wild goat for hoof trimming is to use a halter. You can usually find llama or goat halters at most larger feed stores. Snub him up short to a stout post in a solid fence so he can't move very much. Then push him against the fence with your body to make him stand still. If he's really big and really wild it will help to have a second person to help body-check him against the fence. Once you pick up a foot, do not let go no matter how much he kicks and flails. Stay as close to him as possible because it's harder for him to kick you or pull away if you're standing against him. Try to hold the hoof at an angle that's easy for him when he's behaving. A lot of people hold the hoof too high and wrench the goat's shoulder, which is likely to make him struggle. He should be comfortable as long as he's standing still. Don't put his hoof down unless he's standing nicely. Trim one hoof then take a break to pet him, feed him a treat, and tell him how brave and good he was, then move on to the next.

If his feet are really overgrown then you'll need to do this in small steps. You don't want to accidentally trim too much and cause him to bleed because then he'll be totally justified in struggling! Try to make the activity calm and pleasant. Be firm, confident, and no-nonsense about handling his feet, but also be gentle with him so he has no reason to give you a hard time. Make it a special occasion with treats for good behavior. Your helper can even feed him a treat from time to time if he's standing still while you trim. If you keep up with hoof trimming about once every 2 months then it won't be such an ordeal.

Make sure to be careful with your hoof trimming tools. They are very sharp, and it's easy to accidentally stab yourself when your goat starts struggling. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes because he will probably whack you with a hoof and step on your feet at some point. Also make sure to wear leather gloves. The first time might be a wrestling match, but it will get better once your goat is used to it, and it will be good for his personality in the long run. Good luck!
Oh my I did it. Watched many videos and made a trip to tractor supply. Bought shears and halter. He actually did quite well. Took me and my husband to convince him. He ate some and protested some. Yes we did little trimming and then we rested lol. More us than him. I then went to amazon and bought better shears. We will do alittle at a time. I'm glad for the encouragement to do it myself lol. I was about to load him up and take to a vet Thanks everyone
 

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Nice work!! I'm glad it went well. It's so much cheaper and easier to learn how to trim hooves yourself, and it will help your goat learn how to tolerate being restrained and have good manners when handled. This will be very important when he's twice the size in another year or so!
 
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