Goat Hoof Trimming tips

TheGoatLife

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What do you guys think?
What should I trim, to help shape the hooves correctly?
Can I trim the heel?
How do you trim your goats’ hooves?

I use these trimmers….
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Yes, you can trim back the heel. Basically, you want to clean the dirt out, then trim back the wall and heel until it’s all flush with the pad. If you want to shape it beyond that, just go very slowly so you don’t cut into the quick.
Lots of YouTube vids on the subject if you want/need a visual.
(The second attachment just needs a tiny bit of the wall at the toe taken off, so that’s about what you want them all to look like.)
 

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I found it easiest to have three tools.

A horse hoof pick to clean out the goat hoof.

Then the clippers and/or a rasp.

I found frequent trimming easiest, so we usually just used the pick and rasp.
 

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Thanks for the info guys!

So, in the first and third pics, I can trim off that seemingly folded over heel? Or just rasp it down?

Also, in the second picture, should I trim that raised curved outline along the heel? Some dirt was getting under that outline on a different hoof, so I wanted to trim it.
 

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Thanks for the info guys!

So, in the first and third pics, I can trim off that seemingly folded over heel? Or just rasp it down?

Also, in the second picture, should I trim that raised curved outline along the heel? Some dirt was getting under that outline on a different hoof, so I wanted to trim it.
If you’re going to rasp, usually you trim it down, then rasp it even. You could probably just rasp down the heel in the second pic, if that’s easier for you, since it looks fairly close to the pad already.
 

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Thanks for the info guys!

So, in the first and third pics, I can trim off that seemingly folded over heel? Or just rasp it down?

Also, in the second picture, should I trim that raised curved outline along the heel? Some dirt was getting under that outline on a different hoof, so I wanted to trim it.
Any curved over edges that catch dirt can always be cut off or rasped.

Usually a curl over is easier to do with clippers.

The rasp is essiest if you just need a bit reduced.. like when filing your nails.

Unless the hooves are super dark, you should be able to see where the blood supply is (a little like a dog's toe nail). Always stop short of that.
 
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