As hoof issues are a leading cause of lameness in goats, and hoof overgrowth is the most common foot disorder, an important part of keeping and raising goats is maintaining their hooves
There are many goat hoof trimmers to choose from, but the best ones are extremely sharp yet safe to use, comfortable, lightweight, and ensure the process of trimming your goats’ hooves is as hassle-free and straightforward as possible.
4 Best Goat Hoof Trimmers
Best Electric: Hoof Boss Complete Goat Hoof Care Trimmer Set
There is no finer electric goat hoof trimmer than the Hoof Boss Trimmer Set due to its efficiency, effectiveness, versatility, and safety.New: $309.99
If you want the task of goat hoof trimming to be as quick, simple, and easy as possible, an electric goat hoof trimmer should be your only choice – and they don’t come better than the Hoof Boss Complete Goat Hoof Care Trimmer Set.
A problem that most manual, hand goat hoof trimmers suffer from is that they usually don’t work well on different-sized goats and/or if there are problems like foundering. So, any goat owner of small, average-sized, and large goats will appreciate the 7 included discs that will accommodate the entire flock.
The 8 Tooth Cdisc that is used to cut off excess hoof material with a smooth even cut and with no jagged edges is another very welcome inclusion and ensures that hoof rot is prevented.
The Hoof Boss is designed to be as comfortable to use as possible – and certainly more so than using hand shears due to the way it manages to help ease wrist and hand pain when trimming. The Trimmer is also lightweight and requires just one hand for operation.
Best Overall: Premier 1 ARS 140DXR Smooth Blade Trimmer
The Premier 1 ARS 140DXR is the best hand goat hoof trimmer due to its very sharp blades and comfortable to use design.New: $42.50
If you are happy to trim your goats’ hooves by hand, there is no better choice than the Premier 1 ARS 140DXR Smooth Blade Trimmer.
Not only is the trimmer with its serrated blades able to slice through hard hoof horn without slippage, but it is smartly designed to make cleaning manure from hooves without any risk of injury to you or the animal too thanks to its gently rounded tips.
The trimmer is comfortable to use for both left-hand and right-hand users due to its well-designed handles.
Runner-Up: Zenport Q140DX Hoof Trimming Shears
Weighing just 5 ounces and designed to be as lightweight and comfortable to use as possible, the Zenport Q140DX is another great pair of goat hoof trimmers to consider.
They feature rounded tips to make cleaning manure from hooves safer for both you and the animal, non-slip lightweight grips to ensure hand fatigue won’t set in, and there is no doubt that the blades are sharp enough to slice through a goat’s hooves like butter.
At 7-inch long, the Zenport Q140DX is slightly shorter than other trimmers, but this arguably makes them easier to use, especially if you have smaller hands.
Also Great: Zenport Z116 Hoof Trimming Shears
Another great pair of goat trimming hooves from Zenport to consider is the Z116. Both weigh 5 ounces and are just as comfortable to use as each other.
The main difference is at 7.5 inches long, the Z116 is slightly longer and bulkier than the Q140DX but still manages to be just as sharp and effective.
The Zenport Z116 is also slightly cheaper too, though is not chrome plated like the Q140DX
What to Consider When Buying Goat Hoof Trimmers
- Electric vs. Manual
The first thing you should consider when selecting a goat hoof trimmer is whether to choose a manual or electric model. While most goat owners are happy to use manual hand trimmers due to their low price, electric trimmers certainly have their place.
While electric goat hoof trimmers are more expensive, they are the better choice if you’re not very confident in your goat hoof trimming abilities, want the task to be done as quickly and easily and possible, and/or you have many goats to get through.
The most important part of any goat hoof trimmer is its blade. It needs to be sharp enough to slice through hard hoof horn not just once or twice, but again and again.
Ideally, the blades should feature rounded tips to make cleaning manure from hooves as quick and easy as possible too.
A trimmer’s handle will have the largest effect on how comfortable it will be to use. A good pair of hoof trimmers should be comfortable to hold and maneuver, with particular attention paid to how secure the grip is, as any slippage can be disastrous to both you and the goat.