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maryjane Posted - Mar 25 2014 : 6:59:22 PM
Here's a pic of one of Maizy's hooves before getting them trimmed on Monday. Of course it's mud season here but I hope you can see from the photo the reason I think it's important to trim their hooves regularly.

Note how the two sides are starting to curl (grow) over on top of each other, essentially pushing again each other every time she puts her weight on it as well as putting pressure on the ankle when a hoof is long in front (they start walking back on their ankle rather than their weight going straight down into their hoof).

Her hooves were trimmed last September, so six months ago. Daaron Hamilton came pulling his homemade contraption and we treated seven of my animals to his "spa" chamber. My girls impressed him with their good behavior.

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CloversMum Posted - Jun 08 2014 : 10:45:02 PM
Remember to let me know your next scheduled time so I can get Clover on the list with Daaron over at our place. I was just looking at her hooves tonight and I think they are starting to look a little long...but I don't really know.
maryjane Posted - Jun 07 2014 : 6:16:14 PM
I've been getting by with 2x/year but I'm trying to step it up to 4x/year.
hudsonsinaf Posted - Jun 07 2014 : 3:21:53 PM
How often do you recommend getting them trimmed? If after 6 months they start overgrowing one another, should it be done around every 4 months? Does it depend on the cow and/or terrain?
maryjane Posted - Apr 11 2014 : 2:40:12 PM
Will do!
CloversMum Posted - Apr 03 2014 : 1:31:45 PM
Okay...please let me know when he is scheduling for this coming fall. I would like to get Clover on the list for a trim. Thank you!!
maryjane Posted - Apr 01 2014 : 01:00:28 AM
Another reason to halter train your cow. Also, I coaxed all of my animals into walking into his chamber by shaking a bucket of alfalfa pellets out in front of them. Daaron walked them into it using a lead rope and I was out in front offering them their treat and a pat on the head once we got them locked in.

I would think Clover might be ready for a trim this fall when Daaron comes back over.
CloversMum Posted - Mar 30 2014 : 9:22:54 PM
Thank you for the great photos! What a contraption to trim cows' hooves! Your cows' hooves definitely look like they had a "hoof manicure!" I will need to have Clover's hooves done next March...
maryjane Posted - Mar 28 2014 : 4:38:12 PM
Here's an after photo I took a few minutes ago of the same hoof shown in my first post.

maryjane Posted - Mar 28 2014 : 4:21:34 PM
Here are photos I took when Daaron was here a couple of years ago.

CloversMum Posted - Mar 28 2014 : 2:20:07 PM
Do you have an "after pic"? That would be interesting to see.