hoof trimming

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  1. len

    len Well-Known Member

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    tried out my fancy pants Felco #51 hoof trimmers today, wasn't too impressed.
    What do other folks use?
     
  2. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    I use pruning shears myself. I found some Fiskar shears that fit my hand really well.
     

  3. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Felco's...... well I like em. Not sure if they are the same as yours I didn't get the rolling handle version just the fixed handled ones. Nice you can swap blades but removable blades are easier to sharpen too. I like the thin blade side to use almost as a pick. I have an English made set too with 2 triangluar blades that are OK can't remember the name though, Baldor maybe?
     
  4. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

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    I have these and love them. They are from Shear Magic.

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    Also have these, which I do not like, to big for the sheep I used to have.
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  5. ShortSheep

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    We use pruning shears, too.
     
  6. Karen Gaietto

    Karen Gaietto Active Member

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    We started out with hand trimmers, but now my husband uses a dremel tool. Works pretty slick, and saves on his hands and wrists. He wears a mask to prevent any fine dust being inhaled from the trimming process. We have shetlands, have dark and light colored hooves.
    Karen
     
  7. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Well-Known Member

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    I haven't had to trim anyones' feet (sheep, burro) in 4 years. I made a rock lined corridor leading to the stock pond and that trims the feet for me
     
  8. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    There's a fellow near me that keeps feeder lambs on expanded metal and tells me he never trims hooves either.
     
  9. len

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    thanks all,
    well...I improved as I moved up the learning curve today. :)
    little nibbles work better than big bites
    might try the pruning shears as a comparison.

    beautiful fall day here today...my 79 year old mom sat in a lawn chair in the sun as I trimmed hooves. When I finished she said with a smile, "Sheep are a lot of work aren't they?" :)
    She's lived here since she was 21, she's allowed to say things like that. :)
     
  10. Cat

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    I use the footrot shears like shown above and they're ok. I'd like to find something that provided a bit more precision, though.
     
  11. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Those footrot shears look similar to the English made ones I can't remember the name of. I prefer the Felco because the thin blade is easier to manouver, and see around, besides being the right size to pick with a bit.
     
  12. landlord

    landlord Well-Known Member

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    I do not h ave to worry about trimming the sheeps hooves with almost 2 acres of cement on the 10 acre farm. Also, blackface sheep hooves are a harder hoof than the white face sheep. I have noticed anyhow. When we had the white faced sheep I was trimming their hooves every year when we sheared.
     
  13. lessard

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    The best I find for now is small size metal shears. I use it on my goat and it cut very well.