The Mini Pig Farrier Asks:
Do you feel hog-tied by a pig hoof trimmer?
Everyday, myths and rumors are spread from businesses/hobbyists proclaiming the only way an owner's pig can be helped is by hiring their services to drive or fly to them. You might have been told:
- You aren't educated enough to do it.
- It takes being a "real" professional to know the anatomy of a pig.
- When it comes to balancing toes, you will never understand what that means or how to do it.
That's quite insulting when you think about it, but you believe them. You'd rather them be the "bad guy" anyhow.
The problem is, there aren't a lot of pig hoof trimmers worldwide.
This is a fact.
So one day you hear of or talk to one willing to come through.
You finally have an answer to your prayers.
Then comes the pricing information and deposit to book.
For some household incomes, it's nothing.
For others, it's re-prioritizing the budget:
- Taking out a personal loan to afford trims
- Draining the savings account
- Racking up credit cards
- Skipping a utility bill or two
- Picking up a few extra shifts at work
To top it all off, there's a new trend happening lately where trimmers:
- No-call/no-show on pig parents and rescues
- Respond to say they are on their way to you with little to no notice (sometimes these trimmers never communicated you were booked)
- Arrive, make up a silly excuse as to why they cannot trim your pig(s), then leave [keeping your trip fee]
Then, if you get a trimmer who actually shows up, you might be surprised to learn the bill keeps getting higher and higher with every future appointment.
It's easy to lose trust in a pig hoof trimmer at that point.
This is a cycle of madness repeating over and over again for so many pig owners.
Personally, we heard these stories time and time again while traveling from 2017 - 2020.
Sadly, we see it across social media constantly.
The truth is...
Many pig owners who ARE capable of hoof care at home.
Most just lack the fundamental education and skills to perform an art that is not openly talked about.
That is to say...
Spoiler alert: Most pig hoof trimmers prefer repressing owners so pig parents continue to rely on them.
Shady, isn't it?
The Mini Pig Farrier Miniature Pig Hoof Trimming Solution
We at The Mini Pig Farrier believe mini pig owners can master the fundamentals and perform basic sedation-free mini pig hoof trimming at home without having to solely rely on these rare traveling unicorns like ourselves from 2017-2020 before working on this project.
Maybe you don't believe us.
For example: We know for a fact pig owners have successfully performed hoof trimming at home solely with the bits of information we have freely posted across our Facebook Page, Instagram, Pinterest, and blog. This doesn't include the hundreds of posts over the last few years we have personally responded to across various mini pig Facebook groups with owners asking for advice or help.
It is time the miniature pig community is given options and education when it comes to hoof care.
If you are a pig parent or sanctuary overwhelmed from the conflicting information that surrounds mini pig hoof trimming and hoof maintenance, we are here for you.
Whether you want to trim your pigs' hooves or not, we are here for you.
Something not seem right based on information you were given by another trimmer? We are here for you!
It is time access to tried-and-proven information becomes available, because we know first-hand there are far too many pig parents than there are mini pig hoof trimmers. Pig owners should have the choice to become confident and capable in providing the highest quality of life for their miniature pigs at home, with or without a regular trimmer.
We will take you behind the scenes to learn and apply the very same methods we have developed and used to become the most recommended, referred, and trusted specialized sedation-free mini pig hoof trimming service in America.
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Miniature Pig Hoof Trimming Services
The Mini Pig Farrier performs miniature pig hoof and tusk trimming services for miniature pigs approximately 300 pounds and under hosted at our Trotter Transformation Station west of Gatesville, Texas for pig parents who can transport their pets to us.
Mini Pig Hoof Trimming Requirements
Some trimmers have very strict requirements when it comes to the breeds they may work with, to whether or not they will service a pig that is fixed. We work with spayed and unaltered female pigs, as well as neutered and unaltered male pigs. Are you the owner of a mixed breed? No problem! We also work with Kune Kune breeds who often push or exceed that 300 pound number. The Mini Pig Farrier works as a team to flip, trim, and monitor your pig, lessening the level of stress and time your pig spends on their back.
Miniature Pig Hoof Trimming Without Sedation
ALL services performed on-site by The Mini Pig Farrier require no sedation. Your pig needs little to no recovery* to figure out their new trotters, and you both can be on your way back to your daily routine as soon as you get back home!
*recovery time depends on multiple factors to include: overgrown hoof length, crack repair, hoof rebuilding, temperament (if they kick/fight the whole time), corrective trimming.
Miniature Pig Professional Hoof Trimming Course
Learn the art behind the trotter transformations we have been known for since 2017. The Mini Pig Farrier and the San Antonio pig rescue network in Texas have teamed up to offer a location for a hybrid professional hoof trimmer course. More information regarding this course TBA.