Wednesday 25 October 2017
Feet Of All Shapes And Sizes.
A regular job that needs doing around here is feet.
The mama goats get feet checks every fortnight
Thelma has problem feet and I am trimming them to try and bring them back into the shape should be. She came to us with poor feet and two years on there is only 1 now that still needs regular work. Thelma has a bit of an attitude and tries to show she is boss stamping her feet
Helen with her dodgy leg is no easy task, standing on only three legs she falls over if you pick up a foot, so I need Martin on hand to hold her up, as she was born here her feet are in good shape and never been a problem as we have done them on a regular basis
Connie came with poor feet as well but hers are now in fairly good shape, having the goats on the milking stand makes feet trimming very easy, they get groomed every day as well, Connie has long hair and it often has tangles she enjoy being brushed down and smartened up.
Helen is just Helen and is very friendly she likes to were ever the action is, she is very aware of those horns but has never used them in anger.
The boys feet are still fine being kids.
Every couple of months the Alpacas have to have there feet trimmed, its a two person job, yesterday we got them shut in for a pedicure,
They don't really like there feet or legs being handled, It is usually me at the feet end while Martin holds them still or tries to, they are really strong animals and can easily throw you around.
Nick Nack who is the best trained I can hold easily then Martin can do his feet, its good that we both know how to every ones feet
Injuries from yesterdays feet trimming were minimalOne bruise for me, Daisy kicked out and caught the inside of my leg, Alpacas have 2 toes and those toe nails grow like 2 talons, in the natural habitat they are on stony rocky ground that keeps those talons ground down, having there shelter with a concrete floor helps but its not enough.
Martin did his sheep the other day, being a small breed they are easy for one person to handle.
I did the dogs.
Every ones feet are now in good shape to see them into winter.