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maryjane

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Posted - Mar 25 2014 :  6:59:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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

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

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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maryjane

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








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maryjane

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Posted - Mar 28 2014 :  4:38:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's an after photo I took a few minutes ago of the same hoof shown in my first post.


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CloversMum

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Posted - Mar 30 2014 :  9:22:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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...

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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 01 2014 :  01:00:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.
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CloversMum

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Posted - Apr 03 2014 :  1:31:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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!!

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maryjane

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Posted - Apr 11 2014 :  2:40:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will do!
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hudsonsinaf

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Posted - Jun 07 2014 :  3:21:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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?
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maryjane

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Posted - Jun 07 2014 :  6:16:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been getting by with 2x/year but I'm trying to step it up to 4x/year.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Jun 08 2014 :  10:45:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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.

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