Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clothes Nibbling and Hoof Trimming

Goats need a hoof trim every month and the process is always an adventure.  Catching them is not easy--until they seek haven inside their house and then we block the front door.  Extra helpers are good to have around too.

 With the front opening blocked, we opened the back door of the goat house and grabbed one goat while the others were kept from escaping:
Mike and Charlie successfully extricate only one goat while keeping the other two inside.
Here comes Simon!  He always wants to be first--because he likes to eat and he always expects to find food.
Now it's Gabe's turn.

While one person was holding a goat, another trimmed the hooves. How this endeavor is possible without more than two people, we will never know!

First hoof and Simon is still patient.
Jan is still learning another new skill--goat pedicurist.

Once Simon was free and able to wander around, he had to see what Tawny was making a fuss about in the house.  As Gabe was now being trimmed, Tawny was alone and expressing his unhappiness loudly.

After checking on Tawny, Simon turned his attention to Gabe and the work in progress:

 Of course, with goats, there was a lot of clothes nibbling!

Did I mention that Simon is always expecting food?  Mike's shirt is tasty!
Charlie's too.
And now for just a little nibble of Jan's hat.  


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