Learnt something new today!

@GreenMoo (11834)
January 7, 2013 11:19am CST
I've spent most of the afternoon rolling around the goat shed floor trying to hold on to a goat whilst my partner trimmed her hooves. I feel that I got the bum end of that deal (quite literally much of the time!) but I'm the main goat carer so we figured she would be more relaxed with me holding. It was a new experience for us both, having never had to trim the goat's hooves before. But one goat had hooves which were getting far too long and would soon affect her walking so we looked on youtube for some clues on how to do it and away we went. So what have I leant? To be the cutter rather than the holder! Imagine trying to hold onto a wriggly fightinh creature the size of a large dog, with HORNS! All these people shown on youtube trimming hooves must have tranquillised their goats, I swear. Any video shot of me today would have been filed under humour rather than instructional. Have you tried anything new today?
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@jugsjugs (12967)
7 Jan 13
Sounds like you had a great time, lol.I have not tried anything new today, but I will be trying to make candles one day this week with a friend or two, so that will be funny as well, as none of us really have a clue what we are doing even with instructions.The candle making things were my christmas present and there are loads of things that are extra things that were also bought for it as well to try.
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@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
That sounds brilliant, and doubly so as you'll be doing it with friends. We melted down a whole pile of stubs of candles and made some new ones when we ran out a few weeks ago, but they were purely functional rather than beautiful. I wish you lots of fun!
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@ZoeJoy (1392)
• United States
7 Jan 13
Well, I just had to laugh. lol The way you described 'rolling around on the goat shed floor trying to hold on to a goat' just was hilarious. Perhaps, you need to talk to experienced and expert goat owners or goat herders to understand how they hold a goat while its hooves are being trimmed. Perhaps talk to a goat whisperer. :) Well, I haven't tried holding onto a goat. I am going to try to learn how to knit - I have tried about 1/2 dozen times before in my life and was ready to give up. But, no, I have decided to try one more time. Knitting sounds a lot more tame than trying to hold onto a goat. lol Have fun with your goats.
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 13
hi zoejoy just remembering I was staying in a cabin on some property which my dad owned in Montana. My nephew and his wife had a ram goat. Me being used to other farm animals did not really pay the animal much attention. They had told me I could have some fresh veggies from their garden just for picking them, So ignoring the ram horns and all I started bending over to pick some cucumbers, tomatoes and some lettuce. Uh hush W hoops i was chubby and I guess my butt sticking up in the air was somehow inviting to the ram and whop his horns contacted my rear and down I went face first in the tangled plants of cucumbers. Having satisfied his urge the critter backed off and went to his mistess. My nephew and his wife were helping me up and laughing at the same time. I needless to say was not in very good humor right then, their little girl was laughing and giggling as I rubbed my abused sitter and took my veggies and fled to my own cabin.
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
ZoeJoy, my goats have never had their hooves trimmed before so it was as new to them as to me. They also live on fire and brimstone and plot evil acts of international terrorism in their spare time, so it was never going to be easy lol Hatley, thankyou for an early morning smile! One of the funniest things I ever saw was one of our mother goats butting one of the dogs straight off a wall and into the river when he showed too much interest in her kid. People tend to forget how hard a goat's head can be, even one without horns.
@BarBaraPrz (44883)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Jan 13
Those in the videos have most likely done it before. Next time you try it, it should be easier.
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@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
Next time it's unfortunately going to be with a less placid goat. I shall ensure I invest in some sort of goat straight jacket before hand!
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@katsmeow1213 (28719)
• United States
8 Jan 13
I can barely clip my cats' claws!! Geez woman! What I do with my cats, which might help with your goats, is I wait for them to be sleeping somewhere, and then just do what I can while they'll let me. If I can't get to all the claws before they start wriggling to get away, I wait until I catch them sleeping again. I did learn something new today as I never knew goats hooves needed to be trimmed. It doesn't hurt them, does it?
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
No, it doesn't hurt them. They're not actually solid but hollow in the centre. You keep taking off slivers until you see the colour changing to a little pinkish which means you're near the quick. Obviously, if you kept going then you'd hurt them at that point but before that it's like your finger nails (only much, much tougher and attached to a reluctant host who fights!). I'm with you on the cat claw trimming trick, having used the technique myself when things need doing to them. It works on the dogs too. Sadly, even my approaching the goat shed has them all up on their feet and racing to the door as they are driven entirely by their stomachs so I don't think I'd manage to get anything done.
• United States
8 Jan 13
I'm terrible at trimming anything, I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt them, even the cats.
@Masihi (4413)
• Canada
7 Jan 13
well, at least you two had a good workout! Are you going to use tranquilisers next time, though? I mean is it legal for someone like yourself to tranqualise your goat in your country? I hope so for your sake, but if not, you can still probably train your goat anyway, kinda gain its trust. I would clip any nails cuz of my vision, and besides my cat sharpens her own claws but on the old carpet,not the furniture! :-D
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
I can buy tranquilisers for the dogs in the chemist so I guess I could probably buy them for the goats too if I wanted to. I never thought about it! The video clips I was looking at were all American actually, but in reality I think they just had far calmer goats than I do. If they've been used to having their hooves trimmed from a fairly early age I don't imagine they'd fight so much. Also, I imagine that if you were shooting an instructional video you'd take care to make it look easy by using a placid animal as a model! Let's hope next time is easier!
@prashu228 (37524)
• India
7 Jan 13
hi so you have a goat at your home? Is it your pet or for milk. Anyways so today you tried something different.I just hope the goat liked the way you are handling it. I have never tried anything like this so far.
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@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
I have eight, but this is the first time I've had to trim hooves. We keep them for dairy and for occasional meat. The cheese I make from them is a million times better than anything we can buy, but they are an awful lot of work.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 13
Sadly, nothing as exciting and as glamorous and as adventurous as trimming a goats hooves, I lead a sheltered life. I am always learning something new especially from the discussions at mylot, and what happens when I don't take my antidepressants, I turning into a raving looney who throws pups at Hells Angels and rides combine harvesters, sorry bulldozers! Thank you for sharing, I had a laugh, sorry at your expense! So are you going to train as a profession goat clipper?
@GreenMoo (11834)
17 Jan 13
Exciting? Glamorous? Adventurous? Honestly, I'd rather trim the hooves of a whole bunch of Hells Angels!
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
7 Jan 13
It does sound like you got the wrong end of the goat to care for! That would be me ususally....some one else would be the cutter. I haven't tried anything new today yet.....but I am about to. I am going to go up to my room and do some crafting and I usually try something new!
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
Certainly sounds less energetic! Enjoy
• United States
7 Jan 13
Oh how I wish you would have taken a video of this. I'm sure Youtube would have loved it. It does sound funny and my imagination was running wild. I'm sure at the time though, it wasn't so funny but it sure sounds like it would have made a great short movie, lol! Do you think it would help if you blindfold the goat first? This way he can't really see what is going on....sort of how they cover a horse's eyes to move him sometimes. Didn't do anything new today with my boring life. I wish I could have been there with you though.
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
Tell you what, next time you can pop over and give me a hand. You can be in charge of the goat, and this time I'LL have the snippers! I'd never thought of the blindfold thing. It's an idea worth investigating.
• Australia
8 Jan 13
Ah yes, hoof trimming - or in our case dog toenail trimming, since we don't have goats but we do have dogs. We had them in for immunization and worming yesterday, and got the nails done while we were there. Our mastiff X, the wussiest, gentlest dog in the world has one major issue, so it was: muzzle; me holding his head down; the male vet holding his shoulders and forepaws; one assistant holding the tail end; the other assistant clipping. Blimey. Lash
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
We've got a dog like that! Soft as anything, and daft as a brush, but had to be tranquillized to allow the vet to look in his eye. Whilst he was sleeping it off in the corner whilst we paid, the most appalling, eye watering stench filled the air. The only thing I can say with any certainty was that it wasn't me, but I'm going to make sure I'm never in a car wash with that dog if he's ever tranquillized again!
@BigMoney25 (1286)
• Philippines
8 Jan 13
Well I can't imagine trimming off a creature like that as well. Im pretty sure it was a great experience for you I can say you have enjoyed what you have done. Maybe Imma go buy a sheep just to know how it feels like to trim it, eh? LOL. Just kidding. Goodluck on that my dear friend, hope you have more fun experiences to come. Peace:)
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
I've got plans to get sheep in the longer term actually, but now you've reminded me that they may need hoof trimming too i might have second thoughts .....
• China
8 Jan 13
Today my work is not very busy so I review my books, because i have to pass a exam this April. But I think that learning something new everyday is great.
@GreenMoo (11834)
8 Jan 13
I wish you all the best with your exam.