How to Trim Goat Hooves – The GoatMentor

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This video will show you how to trim hooves on a goat. Trimming goat hooves is fairly easy, but does take practice. You can also see a step-by-step article w…

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25 Responses to How to Trim Goat Hooves – The GoatMentor

  1. I love this video its very informational!! I have an 8 week old Nigerian
    Dwarf Goat, hes my beloved pet and I heard that in the future I would have
    to do this, Im very anxious, I dont want to hurt him or cut his hoof the
    wrong way, are their vets that can do this for me the correct and most
    painless way? Thanks in advance

    Krazy4utwice
    April 21, 2014 at 4:36 am
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  2. Thank you for showing the back legs I can trim the front no problem but
    have a very hard time getting the back ones done. My goats are to tall to
    straddle them like you did any other tips? also for anyone interested I
    think theses are the trimmers “Saboten 1210 Thinning Shear” Can anyone link
    the model of the planer? Great video!

    fatmanplaying
    April 21, 2014 at 5:13 am
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  3. Great vid, thanks.

    26Subduction
    April 21, 2014 at 5:47 am
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  4. Thank you for sharing this informative and educational clip. We very much
    appreciate it.

    lynhunter1
    April 21, 2014 at 6:24 am
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  5. @TheGoatMentor I have had my goat since he was three days old and I have
    been trimming him every week exept the two week holiday we went on and then
    later we where away for three weeks, he has white feet is this too often to
    trim???

    dappledbaybeauty
    April 21, 2014 at 7:10 am
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  6. Awesome job ! Do you have clinics ?

    Foundered Goat
    April 21, 2014 at 8:07 am
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  7. If they are constantly on rocks or concrete, it can wear their hooves down,
    but in most domestic situations, there is not enough rocky footing to wear
    them down enough. Having climbing rocks and some concrete can make them
    require hoof trimming less often.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 8:37 am
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  8. That’s really cool. I just got two goats and definitely need to trim their
    hooves. Thanks!

    ChickensOnCamera
    April 21, 2014 at 9:33 am
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  9. your video is great you tell alot in detail, what kind of shears do you
    use? i just bought some boer goats and i need to do alittle trimming on
    them..

    hound dogs
    April 21, 2014 at 9:46 am
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  10. Very helpful and informative. I’m all set. Now…lets hope my goat is. :)
    Thank you for taking the time to make this to help us all out.

    729099
    April 21, 2014 at 9:54 am
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  11. @dappledbaybeauty It should be perfectly fine.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 10:24 am
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  12. @N8mont4 Good question! It really depends on the individual goat. Some need
    their hooves trimmed as often as every 3 weeks. Others only need it about
    4-6 times a year! Most are around every 4-6 weeks. If your goats are on
    soft bedding all the time, they will need them trimmed more often. If they
    walk on concrete, rocks etc., you probably won’t need to trim them as
    often. Feed also impacts hoof growth – diets high in concentrates
    (especially corn) may cause increased hoof growth.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 10:43 am
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  13. I like to wear gloves when working with sharp tools.

    Kristina Bliss
    April 21, 2014 at 11:17 am
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  14. This is a good video. Helped a lot, but I was wondering if you have had any
    experience in having your trimmers dull quickly and how to avoid this. I
    probably buy hoof trimmers once a month and only have 5 does in milk that
    get trimmed once a month. Is there something I could be doing wrong for
    them to go dull?

    ByTheTreeFarmGoods
    April 21, 2014 at 11:48 am
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  15. Thank you, this video helped me in making our girls’s hooves look much
    better.

    tjreiter112
    April 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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  16. Wow, it is not good that they are wearing out that fast! What trimmers are
    you using? It might be a good idea to talk with the company you bought from
    about it and see if they have any suggestions for you. To help keep them
    sharp longer, you can try and get the hooves cleaner before trimming. Dirt
    will dullen the blades quickly. Also, if they do get dull, you can sharpen
    them rather than buying new ones. Just use a whetstone or knife sharpener.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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  17. Thanks for the great video. Today I trimmed my goats for the first time and
    after watching your video I see I made a few mistakes but nothing that
    can’t be corrected next time. Mine were longer on the heel area and they
    live on concrete with access to woods and grass pasture.

    Vicki Graf
    April 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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  18. How often do you do this?

    Farmer Nate
    April 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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  19. @TheGoatMentor Thanks so much for the speedy answer I will try that : )

    ByTheTreeFarmGoods
    April 21, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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  20. Great thanks!

    Pamela Lobaugh
    April 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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  21. I actually don’t have any with overgrown heels to demo on, so probably
    won’t be making one for that in the near future. When doing the overgrown
    heels, remember to try and get the bottom of the hoof parallel with the
    coronary band (where the skin meets the hoof). A file can be very helpful
    with overgrown heels as it’s sometimes hard to get a bite with the trimmers
    without taking too much off.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm
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  22. You could lock them in a head stanchion (like you would for milking), or
    tie them to a fence. The planer can be found on the Hoeggers Goat Supply
    website or in their catalog. YT won’t let us post actual links so you’ll
    have to google it and then search their site for Hoof Plane.

    TheGoatMentor
    April 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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  23. Thank you so much for posting! I’m going to have to do this for the first
    time soon.

    Josh Gregory
    April 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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  24. Thank you! I’ve been dreading this, but not so intimated now! Very helpful.

    Susan Smith
    April 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm
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  25. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    FlowingDepths
    April 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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