Dulling goat horns
I think goats should have horns. I think horns are more useful to goats than they are problematic, and I feel that disbudding is cruel and stressful for young goats. I’m not saying that people who disbud their goats are bad people, they believe it’s better for their goats, and in their minds they are doing the right thing. Most goats are just fine living with horns, that’s the way it would naturally be. You should also never try to remove already grown horns from the goat, because the horn is not solid all the way through. The removal of already grown horns is an extremely painful and bloody ordeal. The inside of a horn is mostly meat with a vain running up about an inch or so from the tip and it bleeds like crazy if removed or broken, as well as being horribly painful for the goat. Some goats, on the other hand who are on the meaner sides of things, should lose their privilege of having sharp horns. One of my bucks is just naturally a D-bag. His mama is rather difficult, and is my most difficult female, but nowhere close to this guy’s level. He loves to run over and stab your legs with his horns, so I decided to dull down his horns, and it was surprisingly easy to do with the right tools.
What you’re going to do is clip down until you see a pin prick of blood and then you’re going to file out the sides.
Thing’s you’ll need:
• One D-bag goat
• Tape measurer
• Hoof nipper
• Clean cloth
• A farrier’s rasp file (with a smoother finishing side)
• A partner would make things easier
• Eye protection probably wouldn’t be a bad idea
Look at these little daggers.
Step one: Take your tape measure and measure out ¼ inch and mark it with your marker.
Step two: Grab the goat and secure his head in between your legs or have someone hold the goat’s head securely. ONLY clip ¼ inch at a time, if you go too far it’s going to hurt the goat and bleed like crazy. Keep clipping ¼ inch at a time until you’re satisfied with the amount cut or you see the pin prick of blood.
If you get to where you can’t cut through the horn with the hoof nippers any more then take the rasp file on the courser side and file it down until the pin prick of blood shows. Do the filing gently, you can easily go too far if you’re filing too hard.
Step three: Apply the cloth to the bleeding horn until the bleeding stops. It won’t take very long at all. Then file out the sides until the horn is rounded out. Use the appropriate side of the file where needed, finishing with the smoother side.