Good grief, I am so dreading doing my nubian doe's feet again. Last time was in late November (I try to plan it about 3 months apart, with the last one before the worst of winter, for obvious reasons). Well, it's starting to warm up here, but her hooves are just as hard as if they were frozen solid. None of my other goats' feet are that bad. This morning, I did one whole hoof, then my carpal tunnel started acting up, with my back doing harmony, and I left it at that. I did another hoof this afternoon. Will finish the other two tomorrow. How sad is that? Usually I do all 10 goats all at once, but decided to start with her. I imagine my hand will pay for that tonight. Is there anything I can do to soften her feet? Can I soak one in a warm pail for a few minutes? Add something to the water? Just the thought of trying to do two more makes me hurt. Seriously, her hooves are solid! I need some softening tips! PS> The shears are sharp and clean. I picked out any crud from underneath. Maybe it's my technique has to be different with her? Anyone find any special trimming techniques that are better than others?