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Pedicures and New Earrings at Gullringstorp


Foot trimming time has come around again! Time for all my ladies and fellows to have a wonderful pedicure. Several of my ladies were in real need of this pampering since they had been in their boxes on straw for some time since giving birth during the late summer. My other goats were in need due to the fact we don’t have a very rocky area for them to play in. A natural rocky outcrop would be a natural pedicure for my goats. If I could change just one thing about Gullringstorp, that would be it, to have a rocky area for the goats to jump on,  on a regular basis to help keep their hooves in order, naturally. We don’t have that, naturally. My husband has brought a few large rocks into the enclosure.  I drive my husband crazy when we are out driving somewhere and I spot a huge boulder. I always say that would go great in the goat enclosure. I can’t understand why he couldn’t ask those nice men putting in a new road and bridge near our home, if we could have some of the boulders they have uncovered. They have huge machinery and trucks and such. They could just bring me a couple. I would be in heaven. Well, that is not likely to happen so be go to the best next thing.

We have a wonderful woman who comes to Gullringstorp to give all my goats a much-needed pedicure. Eva comes with her beautiful dogs in tow, Australian sheep dogs. Eva has a large herd of sheep that she loves as much as I love my little herd of goats. She is an expert at hoof clipping. Eva was a recommendation from the farm where we got Hilda and Alika and she has been  most valuable to us and our goats. We just love her!

Those of you who have goats and are accustomed to having your goats’ hooves done or if you do them yourself, you may find our way of doing this a bit unusual. We have done this pedicure on the milking stand with some success but this way that Eva has may look a bit undignified for our ladies, but it works and works well. This is known as the “sheep hold”.

After Keriana and Alika came little Nanna

After Keriana and Alika came little Nanna

This is Eva’s sheep hold and it works well on goats also.

Here is little Nanna's head; not so bad on a young goat but not quite so dignified on the older ladies.

Here is little Nanna's head; not so bad on a young goat but not quite so dignified on the older ladies.

Pumpkin's turn

Little Flynn's turn

Earrings are put on by my husband

Flynn gets his earrings, put on by my husband

Nanna

Baby Boy already had earrings but needed a pedicure

Balder

Balder was not so happy but he was cooperative during his pedicure. Check out his "handle bar" horns. Beautiful aren't they?

Nakoa looking a bit unhappy but calm as she had her pedicure

Nakoa looking a bit unhappy but calm as she had her pedicure

Nakoa getting her earrings. Actually, ear markings required by the Department of Agriculture here in Sweden

Nakoa getting her new earrings. Actually, ear markings required by the Department of Agriculture here in Sweden

Chiyoko getting her earrings.

Chiyoko getting her new earrings.

Pumpkin getting her pedicure

Pumpkin getting her pedicure

It really takes a lot of strength to pull a full grown goat on to their back like this. It really is a good position to have them in to do the pedicure.

It really takes a lot of strength to pull a full-grown goat on to their back like this. It really is a good position to have them in to do the pedicure. Pumpkin was really quite comfortable once she was down.

Pumpkin relaxing as she has her pedicure

Pumpkin relaxing as she has her pedicure

Pumpkin patiently waiting while my husband fastens her new earrings

Pumpkin patiently waiting while my husband fastens her new earrings. I think the experience must be similar to when we pierce our ears. There is an initial "ouch" then it's over

Even the new babies got their earrings on this day

Peanut gets her new earrings

Almost done

A warm hug from Eva for Peanut !

All the goats that got pedicures ; Keriana, Alika, Baby Boy, Balder, Flynn, Nanna, Nakoa, Chiyoko, Pumpkin, Frida and Hilda.

All the goats that got new earrings ; Keriana, Alika, Flynn, Nakoa, Chiyoko, Pumpkin, Frida and Hilda.

All the babies; Rose, Poppy, Pansy, Peanut and Little Man got their earrings, but they were not in need of pedicures yet.

Iris, Petunia and Iris already had their earrings and did not need pedicures yet.

There was a bit of noise in the stable and resistance, but thanks to Eva who knew exactly what to expect and how to handle my goats, this was a quick and efficient task well done. What a wonderful feeling for me to know all my girls and boys are done and just fine.

As we inch our way toward winter there is much to be done at Gullringstorp and this task is done!

THANK YOU EVA FOR THE PEDICURES AND THANK YOU DEAR HUSBAND FOR THE NEW EARRINGS!

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