Hobble is the Milk Maid's life saver when it comes to kicky milkers.
It is extremely
humane and helps reduce a lot a lot of anguish and frustration (and
tears) for the person trying to milk a uncooperative goat. I also
use this when I am giving my does their prenatal rear end hair cut
and a udder shave before they kid. It can be found from PBS
Livestock and is worth every penny.
This hobble trains the doe not to kick. I do not have
many "kickers" or "nervous milkers" (this was the only one I had this year), but this
humane hobble trained her not to kick in just a couple weeks: she
realized she couldn't kick with it on and after awhile, she just
stopped trying. I stopped using the hobble and she still does not
bother trying to kick.
The place that sells these (PBS Livestock) had an incorrect
photo of how it should be used:showing it around the goats' ankles. You do not put it around
the goat's ankles and the hobble does not even fit correctly around
the ankles if you try to use it that way. A goat cannot kick if you
squeeze tight on the upper rear leg. When you squeeze
the ligament on the back of their leg it makes it almost impossible
to lift their leg. Knowing this, I figured out the correct way to
use this goat hobble. See the photos below:
should be secured nice and tight so it squeezes the back ligament.
brave I can be:
I can leave the milk bucket under a kicky milker while I take a photo!
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