Thursday, June 7, 2012

maggie's pedicure

This was not what I was going to post today, but I thought it was interesting, so here you go!
Well today we were able to get Maggie's hooves trimmed. I have never seen it done before, so I wanted to be around when it happened. It's not like I "go to work" I live at where I work, and usually am home. But I had some errands to run and drop my boy off so he could have a sleep over with his best friend/cousin for his birthday. His cousins, not my boy. Well I was rushing around town to get everything done. Thankfully it was early enough this morning and the stores were not busy. Phew. Shopping in the early morning or late at night is the time to go. Although the store is more stocked in the am. Anyhow...
Back at the farm. Maggie came right in when I called her. She only came part way for my husband, so I came to his rescue and she came right in!! Haha. I like to tease him about that. Well she got led out and put into this contraption.

 Aren't you glad you don't have to go in one of these to get your pedicure?! I'm assuming. I've never had one before! Hahahaha

Then these belts go around her and give her a hug. No it doesn't hurt the cow in any way. Maggie looks like shes giving me the harry hawk eye saying "I'm so embarrassed, and how dare I take her picture of her like this."
Then this

He uses a cutter of some sort and off come the extra hoof that needs to be trimmed. I'm glad I had the camera in front of my face so the flying hoof didn't hit me in the face, one piece hit my forehead though.
The back. Their legs get locked into the metal with a chain. That way they can't kick.
That's it. Then they are let down, and put back out in the pasture. Safe for everyone. Only took about 5 minutes. Dandie didn't get hers done, she's not big enough, and her hooves are fine.
Now aren't you glad you know how a cow gets a pedicure? I am. I thought it was cool to watch how it was done.  Makes me want a pedicure now!!! ;-)
Have a great day all.


  1. A professional pedicure is the ultimate treat for a gal. I have them regularly and I love it. So what if you are the only one who sees the nail polish in the shower. It is still worth it.

  2. I've never seen anything like that. I just asked my husband about it and he said one of our cowboy friends does it on the side and has one of those contraption machines. Geez, learn something new every day!

  3. Wow! That is pretty cool! Hope your pedicure doesn't include the chains! How does Maggie like the new feel?

  4. doglady!!! hahaha!!! maybe someday i'll brave it and have one done!

    RiverBend- Glad to show you something new. I never saw it done either, and thought maybe someone would like to know how a cow got their hooves done!

    Kelly's- I think Maggie likes her new pedi! I know I like it. Her hooves look better!!

  5. Well, that's a whole lot less stressful on the animal AND the people than tying them up short and trying to hold that foot! LOL!! Cool post, thanks for sharing!

  6. I'm not a pedicure kinda gal, but I can appreciate a cow needing one! I like the contraption. Very clever.

  7. I have learned something new today. Never knew this part about cows. Never even had the thought before. I don't know why. I have had horses and they get their hooves trimmed. Not like this but still do. Very interesting - thanks.

    @ 3Beeze Homestead