(If you haven’t fully prepared for your goats yet, check out how to get started raising goats ecourse for all the information you need!)
How to Trim Your Goats Hooves:
Hoof trimming timing will depend on your individual goats as well as their environment. For example, if they have lots of rocks and rough surfaces to climb on their hooves will naturally be worn down more and you will not have to trim as often.
Sometimes, it is just based on the individual goat, how often you will need to trim your goat’s hooves. Just like people’s fingernails, different goats hooves grow at different rates.
1. We generally restrain our goats on the milk stand for trimmings but you can also stand over them and have the same results. This generally depends on the temperament of your goat. Giving them some treats, or food will help keep them calm during the trimming time.
2. Now look at the top of your goat’s hoof. You will notice a light line around where the hair of the leg meets the hoof. This is called the coronary band and will act as a guide line.
3. Take your first leg and look at the bottom. If the hoof needs trimming you will see the hoof come to a point and almost appear to curve inward. This is all excess trimming and will need to be removed.
4. Use your hoof pick to gently remove dirt and debris from the cavity created by the trim walls. Once the area is clear of dirt and debris, take your trimmers and cut the excess trim off using the coronary band as a straight line of sight.
5. You will want to trim as close to the sole of the foot as possible but be careful not to cut into the goat’s quick. Because, if you do, it can be painful for the goat and may cause bleeding.
If bleeding does occur, you can stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the area and then disinfect as needed. Repeat this process for all for feet and you will have a happier more comfortable goat.
Remember, the more often you trim your goat’s hooves, the easier it will be every time you do it. We aim for once a month but check periodically between trimmings.
If you have any questions or comments on how to trim your goats hooves, leave them below. We’d love to hear what you think.