How to Trim Hooves
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Lamb's hooves should be checked once every two weeks to see if they need trimmed. Hooves that go untrimmed can become painful, cracked, and have a better chance of attracting hoof rot.


Hooves that need trimming curl up at the front and twist at the bottom, trapping dirt and moisture. To learn what a properly trimmed hoof look like, study the feet of a newborn lamb. Its hooves are flat on the bottom and have a boxy look.


The best time to trim is after hooves have been softened by rain or dewy grass. To prevent injury to the animal, work slowly and in good light.
1) Grab one leg by the ankle and bend it back. For good control, place it over your knee.
2) Scrape away dirt with the point of the shears.
3) Cut off long growth at the front of the hoof.
4) Snip off flaps that fold under the hoof.
5) Trim the bottom of the hoof, one tiny slice at a time, cutting toward the toe.
6) Stop trimming when the hoof looks pink. A pink color means you are getting close to the foot's blood supply. If you keep cutting, the foot will bleed.


Look for each hoof's growth rings. When you finish trimming, the bottom of the hoof should be parallel to the growth rings. The two toes should be the same length.