First up was our girl Pringle who in the past has been a little rough on me. Well on this day she stood perfectly still, did not head butt me or give me a run for my money. Even our other older doe was easy on me. One of my younger does tried laying down on her legs so I could not get to her feet. Fortunately she is small and it was quite easy to trim them while she lay there like I was taking off a leg. Most of the rest of them were calm and let me trim their hooves until the last one.
I have one doe in particular who has taken a very long time to let me get close enough to actually pet her. Now coralling her into a small pen is not an easy task. She is a very smart girl and runs as quickly as she can. I was able to catch her and walk her into the pen with some coaxing. Once it was just her and I she decided to go a little nutty and starts screaming before I even touched her. I am sure if my neighbors are outside during this chore they wonder just what the heck I am doing. Thankfully only one or two of them actually yell and scream like that.
Anyhow its not a good thing to be in a small space with an animal that out weighs me and is very restless. I was trimming one of her back hoofs and she started dragging me out of the pen. She had opened the door and was pulling me out. I wrestled her back in and finally kneeled down next to her, looked her in the eyes and started speaking to her softly. She had this really wild look in her eyes and I thought she was going to kill me. I got up on my feet and finished the task at hand. She was a little calmer thankfully and she didnt hurt me. Looking back I think this was the stare of death meant to scare me... it worked.
One of my goals this year is to bring in some big rocks for the goats to play on and keep their hooves trimmed so I dont have to go through this. Hopefully I can get this done sooner rather than later... it would be nice to avoid the rodeo!