Friday, February 17, 2012
The Yeoman Farmer... or so I thought. Turns out that muzzle action is a crucial difference. We just had a poor scared ram choking himself.
Several places online said not to take them to a vet to do it, that a vet will put them under and surgically remove the horn and prevent any further growth. Doing so would be a huge expense and more stressful to the animal. The anestetic would take a good deal of time to recover from not to mention the stress and difficulty of transporting an animal.
Hind sight though... I think we should have considered a vet. Not so much because of what it was, but rather HOW it had to be done. Because his horn was curled so closely to his face, it was very scary, more so for us than for him, though he didn't exactly appreciate what we were doing to him either. It might have been a longer recovery time for him (especially since as soon as he was on his feet and given a bucket of grain, he seemed to forget all about it), but I wouldn't want to take my chances again with a hacksaw so close to an eye with only cardboard and the sound of it cutting to know if he was in imminent danger of blindness. Instead, Husbandman and I were the ones needing to recover. We were shaky and on edge. Husbandman barked at Dulci that she needed to have her babies NOW because he needed a baby to hold. Something about a sweet baby, of any species, that calms the nerves.