Posts Tagged ‘Farrier’

by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Sheep Update

February 17th, 2013

Since the arrival of our 4 alpacas, we’ve had many people inquire about our sheep. A member of our farrier‘s family (the man who comes out to trim Lightning’s hooves) was very excited to provide the retirement home for our old ladies. They now live about an hour from Durham on a few acres of grass with a roomy stall they can access at any time. Their only jobs are to mow the lawn and to look pretty.

Our farrier, Ron, was here a couple weeks ago and he told me the sheep have some new companions! They initially moved in with a couple goats (one of which just had twins!) but just recently, two older rams with very curly horns joined them! Ron couldn’t remember what breed the rams were, but he said one of them had horns that curled around in two full circles, kind of like this guy:

ram

Almost 2 full circles!

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  1. Great update. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Big Word of the Month: Farrier

June 13th, 2011

Our Farrier was in last week to check on Lightning‘s hooves. A farrier is someone who specializes in the care of the hooves of horses, donkeys, and other equines. They make sureĀ  hooves are trimmed evenly and are healthy. Farriers also can shoe a horse or donkey if needed. Good hoof care helps to prevent abscesses in the foot. Abscesses (a collection or pocket of pus or infection in an area) can occur when a small particular of sand of stone gets where it shouldn’t.

Ron, the farrier, and Lightning

Ron comes about every six weeks to check out Lightning’s hooves. He brings his specialized tool set. (think of a manicure set for people, but MUCH BIGGER)

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  1. Lightning looks like he is enjoying his manicure…is this because of all the keeper handling and enrichment?

    Posted by DJ
  2. Director Comment :

    Lightning usually does pretty well for his pedicures DJ. I think it is mostly because he is used to having his hooves picked daily by the keepers, as well as what you mention.

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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