i just got 2 weathers but one has only one horn about 3 in. long. I heard that if you put a castrating band on it that it will fall off eventually. I have no idea if i should do it or not though. Does anyone have any advice? Thanks
If you cut a groove around the horn base, just below the hairline, and place a castraing band around the horn base and in the groove you just cut ,it will come off. But unless you have helped before or done it before, I would advise getting some help from an experienced person. This can get messy and quite stressful.
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 17, 2009 9:39:00 GMT -5
I tried the banding method and it didn't work too well -- in fact nothing happened and I had left the bands on for 2 months! I have had success with cutting a scur horn like that with a pair of tree pruners. Just start at the tip and cut a 1/4 inch off at a time. Stop cutting if you see bleeding. Most horns are made of hard horn material on the outside with nerves and blood vessels on the inside. The bigger horns have a bony core that is surrounded by blood vessels. If you nip a blood vessel it will bleed like crazy so keep paper towels and blood stop powder on hand.
I cut a horn of a goat for the first time the other day. I started at the tip and took 1" off (the horn was 6" long). It didn't bleed at all and cut easily with the tree pruners. I took another 1" off and hit a blood vessel. It bled like crazy so I wrapped it in a paper towel with ground sage (blood stopper) in it. I wrapped the towel in vet wrap and left it for the night. In the morning the bandage had fallen off and there was no more bleeding. The goat was fine.
Unfortunately there is almost no way to stop a horn from growing once it has grown. You can cut it but it will most likely grow back. I would only cut it if it is dangerous, loose, or causing problems.