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A Tale Of A Broken Horn, A Haircut, And An Early Morning Rocket Launch

  Warning: Some readers may find parts of this post a bit upsetting!

Poor Lexi, last week was a very difficult one for her. I went out in the evening, as usual, to feed the horses and goats and noticed Lexi hadn’t come up to the barn. This was very unusual for her, since she’s always the first one there. After calling and whistling for her, I went looking to see if she was caught on the fence or missing. Suddenly, she came across the field toward the barn, but something was wrong. Then I realized that she was flinging her head around and that one of her horns was flopping as she ran, banging her on the head at times. She was obviously in distress and I tried to get near her to help. Fortunately, she made it to the barn and I was able to catch her and put her in a stall. The poor girl, her horn had snapped down low near her skull and was only held on by her skin! It had to be very painful and frightening for her. I did finally manage, after tranquilizing her, to cut the skin and remove the broken horn. I’m guess she must have caught it on the fence or something and yanked her head to get free, breaking the horn in the process.

Here are a couple pictures of her head with the horn removed:

Lexi, Minus 1 Horn

Lexi, Minus 1 Horn

 

A Hole In Her Head

A Hole In Her Head

 

The Broken Horn

The Broken Horn

 

Since she was due for a haircut, or shearing, anyway I decided to take care of that while she was in the stall. Here’s a video of the shearing, toward the end of the process.

 

 

Here she is, after her head healed and her haircut was done.

 

 

She’s been just fine since all this happened last week.

 

All Done

All Done

 

 

The next morning, early – at 6am – a rocket was launched at Cape Canaveral, and since I was up already, I went outside and was able to record this video of the launch. One of the perks of living in Central Florida!