Re: Limping: maybe soft feet?

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Posted by Vicki McGaugh on June 29, 2000 at 22:10:27:

In Reply to: Limping: maybe soft feet? posted by Suzanne, AZ on June 29, 2000 at 18:02:44:

Purina Goat Chow and alfalfa are plenty of protein. Some loose minerals and thats fine. You could add biotin to her diet to improve her feet if that is the problem. What are you trimming her feet with? After you trim around the hooves, trimming the horn of the hoof, are you shaving down the pad? I use a utilty knife and shave off thin layers until I hit pink, making sure that I keep the hoof very flat. You can also use a plane that is used in wood working, or a grinder if you have one. They are great for grinding down bucks feet during the dry summers. If you shave her hair above the hooves, the lines are called the coronary band. These bands should be level with the bottom of the hoof. I know that folks who live in very wet places, do have problems with goats hooves being mosit all of the time. Perhaps set out some solid surfaced pallets, something she can lay up on in the sun, to dry her feet. We have boxes built just for that and the girls love them! Vicki

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