Thursday, August 31, 2017

Getting The Nails Done


  1. I have never seen or heard of this. Why don't farriers use this for horses?

    1. I think the reason is that a cow cannot or will not stand on three legs like a horse will. At one time, when oxen were used as draft animals, they were shod (shoed?) like a horse, only they have split hooves. I doubt there are any working oxen in this country outside of Williamsburg.

  2. Good question. Maybe because horses are easier to train? I was always in awe of my parent's farrier, he was like a horse whisper.

    Because I live in an area rich with dairy farms, I am familiar with this process. A friend of a friend does this as a profession and he makes a very nice living.

  3. I remember trimming our 4-H feeder cattle's hooves by hand just before showtime every August. Tools included hoof pliers, knives, and a rasp. It's a job that stretches a person's back to its' limit. Several things to watch for: being kicked by the animal's hide feet, having a tail swatted in your face, or having their heavy foot step on your foot. 50 years later and I still have the best memories of my 4-H experiences.

  4. As a jersey cow owner, this really is the safest and easiest way to do it. The cow doesn't really mind. A cow is so heavy and their weight is distributed differently. It's impossible to lift up a hoof as with a horse.