Harvest Thyme Homestead has grown out of a love for the simpler times of life. Its roots begin in a belief in one's self and that in time, the harvest of one's hard work will create a place called home.....with a few sheep, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, 2 miniature horses, & 3 alpacas added in for good company & fiber.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
One of top reasons I wanted to go to polled genetics with the Shetlands is the horns. Hands down, they are beautiful to look at when they grow right and they do not come in contact with your leg or when they are not being used to destroy a fence post or just the fence for that matter. But when they grow wrong, the decisions have to be made. Such is the case with Barnet, a yearling Shetland ram.
Barnet's horn just did not make the turn. No, it decided that growing straight into his cheek, just below the eye would be best. I had hopes for him because I really like his markings, he is Ag, his dam, Windswept Betsy, is a nice ewe but getting up there in age, so I hoped to get a nice ram from her. He is a smaller boy, coming in at 50# but his tail is good and his back legs are nice and straight BUT NOT THE HORNS!!!! I feel bad because I knew this was coming and I waited too long as I should of done this in cooler weather but since the weather has basically been warm to HOT the past month and more, I could not wait any longer. To wether him and trim and band the horn was going to run about $80-90 and I was right. The vet trimmed about an inch and a half off of that horn. So this week he is a tad "under the weather".
Barnet's other horn is just fine as it is making the turn away from his face and with having been wethered, the horn growth will cease up. Obviously he is not lacking any food however! TJ, my Blk. Cotswold ram, is probably telling Barnet, "Sucks to be you right now."
On the plus side, this is Barnet's fleece. For a ramling, I think it has a nice crimp and luster to it and now that he is a wether, I am hoping it will even get nicer. However, I still hate those dam darn horns!