Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Our family was at the petting zoo today at the Bartlett Festival. We all love animals and while we are not experts at livestock husbandry, I know enough to know that the hooves of all of the animals were extremely long, especially on the goats. It is very important for their overall health to have their hooves kept trimmed. If hooves are left too long it can make it difficult for the goat to walk, and can effect joints in the pastern and knees. As hooves grow, they often curl over trapping bacteria against the foot pad. This can cause hoof rot and infection.
I know it is difficult to keep up with grooming on that many animals, but if someone isn't able to do it or pay for it, you really should consider having less animals. The fact that you let your animals go out to a large event with their hooves in that condition is absolutely appalling and shameful.