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Posted - 10/22/2010 :  12:59:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit ebagley's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I heard that Marty Mcgee has a new method for trimming camalid feet without lifting the foot off the ground.
Has anyone out there heard of this method.
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Posted - 10/22/2010 :  2:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Send Judith a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I don't know about a NEW method, but she wrote an article some years ago that included a few paragraphs with photos on how to trim feet without picking up the foot. Unfortunately, it works best on an animal whose feet are VERY overgrown and twisted. Unless the nail is quite long, you can't get the trimmers beneath the nail to snip it.

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Wild Thyme

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Posted - 10/22/2010 :  2:49:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wild Thyme's Homepage  Send Wild Thyme an AOL message  Send Wild Thyme a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I read about it in one of her books a while back, and have tried it but I find that as soon as the trimmers touch their foot, they don't really want to leave their foot on the floor.


Lindsay and Mike
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Doubletake Farm

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Posted - 10/22/2010 :  8:30:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've used this method before on a male I used to have that would freak when I tried to do his nails. He's was okay with it because I wasn't touching him to do it. It worked quite well, but you can't get a very close cut this way. It's much better to train them to let you handle them but if you have an alpaca that just won't tolerate being handled, cutting their nails while they are standing is less stressful for you and them.

Kimberly Brummitt
Doubletake Farm
Orwell, Ohio

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