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Mud is Bad for Hooves

1 Apr

This wet spring has been horrible for the goats’ feet.  Mary has been the worst.  She’s been limping off and on, but she was doing much better.  Then it rained again.  Monday, she was barely walking, so I caught her and tried to fix it up.

Note the duct tape bandage.

Sadly, I think she had hard outer hoof digging into the soft frog of the other toe because she had a big bloody mess.  I padded between the toes with a gauze bandage and then wrapped it.

Mary with Quatro and Trace

I also shut her in the buck room with her kids so she can get some rest and not have to walk out in pasture to eat.  Okay, I also locked her in because she was mad at me, so she wanted to go fight with Reva.  Brat. The next morning, I moved Mary into the garage with her kids.

She’ll stay in here for a few days.  Her foot needs dry conditions.  Then I’ll have to do a bit more trimming on it.  Hopefully, she’ll be good to go then.

Quatro and Trace

After moving Mary into the garage, I put Bambi and Astra in the buck room and opened the door for them to have the front pasture.

Bambi with Cinquain

Joker, Avril, and Jester

Now that we seem to be a bit warmer and drier, I’m going to work really hard on getting hooves all trimmed before we get muddy again.