This really should have been included when I wrote about Goat and Sheep Maintenance here. But, as happens too often around here, the day we trimmed the sheep and goats I…..forgot to take pictures.
I was given a chance to redeem myself however, after picking up the new doe. Prior to traveling to get her, I had asked the seller if she was up to date on vaccinations, worming and hoof trimming. I was told that no, she had never been vaccinated, no, she had never been wormed (egad!) but that, while the seller does not trim hooves herself, a friend comes regularly to do it, the implication being that yes, this at least, was up to date.
So, after driving an hour to pick up the new doe, I was somewhat shocked to find this:
The seller then cheerfully told me that this doe must have been missed the last time the trimmer did hooves. Finding does this time of year isn’t easy so I paid for her anyway, loaded her up, and brought her home. Before she left her travel crate she had a shot of CD-T, a dose of wormer, and all 4 hooves (8 toes) were trimmed. Unfortunately, despite the assurances that she was simply “missed” last time, I don’t believe the poor gal had ever been trimmed before. The quick had grown out so that I was unable to trim her back to where she really should be, but I hope you’ll agree that she looks far more comfortable now:
My hope is that over time the quick will withdraw so that with subsequent trimmings I will be able to gradually bring her feet back to the shape they should be.