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International Hoof Care Week 2023

Dates: 1/17/2023 - 1/21/2023
Times: 9:00 AM- 4:00PM each day

It's time to come learn about all the care and upkeep that go into the maintenance of hoofed animals.  Their hooves need special maintenance and attention.  This lesser known topic is one we want to share with you!  Come learn what ferriers do (those who shoe horses) and all kinds of information on this type of animal care!  Planned topics:

Tuesday: Elephants and Rhinos 

Weighing between 2,000 and 12,000 pounds, elephants and rhinos need strong and healthy hooves.  Sophie and the girls get theirs checked often to look for injuries or buildup that might hinder their movement.  Come by on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 1-2 PM to learn more.

Wednesday: Antelope species

A split, or cloven, hoof might not seem very stable, but there are some unique benefits to them.  From Peanut’s tiny, half inch tiptoes to the unique and prominent dewclaws of the red river hogs, those hooves work remarkably well.  Stop by Wednesday, Jan. 18., from 1-2 PM to find out how.

Thursday: Farm species

Rocket and his buddies at the Heritage Farm get lots of salon time while getting their hooves trimmed regularly.  This is an important step in keeping them happy and healthy.  Stop in Thursday, Jan. 19, from 1-2 PM to see the goats and the tools used to clean and trim their hooves.  

Friday: Equine (horse) species

A farrier is a very important person in the lives of our equine species.  This professional hoof trimmer visits Zelda and the others regularly to trim and clean their hooves.  Come visit them and learn all about the process on Jan. 20from 1-2 PM.  


We will have a special in-person celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2023. 

Come celebrate all of our hoof stock from 10-12pm at the front plaza education kiosk. We will host an area with biofacts and craft activities.  We will also showcase some of the tools used to care for them.  

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