Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hoof Trimming

I got to watch my brother-in-law Mike trim a horse's hooves. It was very interesting.

The hooves were ragged and split.

First, he cleaned the dirt out from inside the hoof with a special knife.

Then, he clipped off extra hoof with a pair of nippers. This does not hurt the horse at all. It's just like when you trim your nails. 

Next, he used a rasp to file and shape the hoof.

Here is the finished hoof. Doesn't it look much better?!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you shared this, Lori! I've always wondered how they do this. It's fun to pick up little nuggets of knowledge. Thanks!