Sometimes we send dogs to a school to be trained for work. We send children to school so they can learn, too.
Often we train the animals on the farm to do things ourselves. We don't send them away to school.
We need to train Stumpy, Echo's calf, to lead. We've been working on it this week. I'm hoping to get a video of it for you next week. I can't take a video while I'm training so I tied Stumpy to the fence. He is learning to be well behaved on a lead.
A lead is just a farm word for leash.
|He's so cute!|
He has a halter on, and he has a blue and green lead rope.
If he pulls really hard the rope around his nose gets really tight. He doesn't like that! He would rather follow me than pull back and have his nose squished!
Goats are usually born with horns. We don't like our goats to have horns because horns are dangerous. Imagine what would happen if your mother let you play with your friends while you were holding knives or scissors! Ouch! Someone could get badly hurt!
Every year when goat kids are born we have to 'disbud' them. That means we get rid of their horns when the horns are very, very small. They don't grow back. If they don't have horns they can't get their heads caught in a fence as easily. They can't hurt each other when they play. And they can't hurt people or children when they are playing.
It only takes a minute. They are up and playing with their friends as soon as they are done! Annie, Misty, and Clover are all fine! They were disbudded when they were about 5 days old, just like River and Serenity.
Cows are often born with horns, too. We will take care of Stumpy's horns in a few weeks. He'll be fine, just like the goat kids.
|Echo is a wonderful cow.|
My friend called her a 'fairy tale cow' because
she does things that most other cows won't do.
She lets the baby goats have a snack!
|Do you see the tape measure around Misty?|
That's how we 'weigh' the goats.
But Misty and Annie are too big for the weight tape!
|These are the two places we measure on the goat.|
|These are Misty's measurements.|
|This is about how much Misty weighs.|
|These are Annie's measurements.|
|This is about how much Annie weighs.|