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Old 02-22-2010, 03:04 AM   #1
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The horns on my buck are getting really long and one is almost touching right above his eye, so I need to trim the horns. I've looked at all the previous post I can find and am still not real sure what I need to do it. These are not scurs, they are his horns--they're flat, almost triangular, but not round. It looks to me like thay have been trimmed before. He will be 2 yrs in May and I've had him 5 mos. My dad wants to trim them with some pruning shears--will this work? Do we need to use a saw instead, and if so, what kind? If I understand everything I've read, I can cut about an inch off each horn. Should I have some blood stop powder handy? Anything else I'm missing?
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:55 AM   #2
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Wire saw, blood stop powder.

Talk to vet though, some will do the deed permanently for a good price, well worth it when you are dealing with a buck in my book.



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Old 02-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #3
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We've used a tree pruner and also wire saw on trimming our bucks scurs. It really depends on if you can get the pruning shears under them. Our pruning shears were those big branch loppers not the hand held ones, I don't believe you would get enough leverage to clip horns with the hand held ones. The closer you get to the head when you trim though the more blood you'll get. They bleed very profusely from the head from taking them off so don't be to worried about it.

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Old 02-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I think we'll try to trim them, then I can contact some vets in the area. There's supposed to be a good goat vet close, so I'll find out for sure and contact him. I, too, was sondering about the trimmers fitting under the horn but my dad thinks they'll work, and they are not the hand held, I knew they wouldn't work.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:27 PM   #5
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Weird.. I've never seen a buck or any goats horns curl towards the eye..

I know they make wire tensioners for sheep to pull the horn back away from the eye ,I'm not good with sheep breeds , but there are quite a few that the horns curl in and get dangersously close to the eye. They stick these tensioners around one side and then attach it to the tip so the horn can start being trained to grow in another direction.



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