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Sunday, November 01, 2009



Gertie and Georgie are adapting well to Apifera and their new senior facility [also in resideance isOld Guinnias. These two ladies are real talkers, and enjoy hobbling out to the sun, where they usually lay down to eat. It is very hard for them to stand more than about 1 minute due to joint deformities casues by improper fot care.

I created this teeny little film to show the consequences of not taking care of a goat's feet. We adopted Georgie and Gertie this past month from New Moon Farm and Goat Rescue in Washington. This is the same wonderful place where we adopted our first senior rescue goat, Old Guinnias. These two senior ladies came from owners that neglected their feet and didn't trim them. This caused them too walk improperly which over time caused crippling effects. I am giving them daily massages and hope to see if an animal therapist might give me tips on getting Gertie to bend her front leg over time.

This is not uncommon. Sadly, many equines, sheep and goats are left in fields or wet barnyards without foot care. These creatures need their feet trimmed on a regular basis. We trim the sheep 2-3 times a year due to our rocky terrain. Our horse is trimmed by a farrier every 2 months. The donkeys are trimmed 3-4 times a year, and I am learning to d that.

If you see an animal with long curled toes, try to get it help, or call your vet to see if they can intervene. And if you plan on buying any animal, remember it is a commitment. It's heartbreaking to see so many 4H projects turn into rescue cases. Goats can live well past 15. Donkeys from 20-30 years, and horses often live past 20. You don't toss Granny away.

5 comments:

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

God bless you Katherine. I admire your work there at AF. Old animals do need care and bless all the people like you. I agree the elderly animals shouldn't be thrown away. Blessing, Karen

Cathy said...

The senior ladies are so dear! Bless you for taking them in, and thanks for this sweet little movie.

Sharon said...

How sweet they are! Boy are they lucky goats or what?! You're so good to them.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, sweet Georgie and Gertie. This brought tears to my eyes. Animals are so stoic in their pain - humans can be so cruel and ignorant. I hope you are able to find a way to ease their pain. Please give them a pat for me.

Do you have a good donkey farrier? I received feedback on the last one I used that he had trimmed the donkeys' feet like a horses. Not good. Now I'm on the quest for a farrier who works well with donkeys and knows they need their feet done differently than a horses.

Apifera Farm said...

Hi all...I've been massaging Gerit's joints on the one leg to see if maybe I can get some bending in it over time. But I need to talk to a masseuse, I don't want to do more damage. I definately feel some fluid in other areas [I think].

As to a farrier- I used a different farrier for my donks. She did Pino and Lucia well , actually she does an excellent job. She is not good with any misbehavior though, and since Paco arrived from another farm where he was sort of the grump never taught, the farrier and him had battles. I allowed to go on for two years, but finally had to tell her she couldn't work on him anymore. So now I am doing all three donks, and I let her come and do a check every few months to make sure I'm doing it ok...It's hard work, and I am not as good as she was. Email me and I can give you her name, but I don't reccomend her if you have donks that don't stand well.

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