As you could probably imagine, it's hard to trim a goat's hoof while also taking a picture. What I did do was get a few pics of my host, Walter, trimming.
The three male goats, tied up ready for their trimming.
Left to right: No name goat, Trumpy, and Big Boy.
Walter concentrating hard. Those horns would do damage if Big Boy got wild.
Gotta admit, tho, he's a majestic creature, is he not?
Hoof-trimming, up close & personal.
No dirt, smooth, even, and white is the goal.
All told, I probably did about 8 goats myself. I did the no-name male goat and about 7 females. Gathering them can be challenging. They move in a herd, even when they're in the pen, and you gotta catch them with the long hook thingy around their neck. Or you can grab a leg. Then, once they're tied up, as you saw in the first picture, you can get to it.
There's something called Coppertop that you put on any spots that look infected, or rotten. That has copper in it and sort of acts as an antiseptic. There's also a blood-stopping powder available should the cut go too deep where blood comes out. I only did that twice.
I'd say I did a pretty decent job at it for my first time. Walter said so as well. I would have never expected I'd be trimming goat hooves in my life until about a couple years ago when I started getting the nature and homesteading bug.
So, this was my day. What did you do?
Random picture of the barn here from last night. I think it looks cool.