Today I trimmed 60 goat hooves (15 goats with 4 hooves each). My hoof trimming spool is working out great. Most the goats I can entice up with grain. Then I put a collar on them, attach it to he post and trim the hooves without bending forward. A real back saver. There are some goats that do not fall for the grain trick that I have to catch. Two of these goats today were so obstinate that I put them on the regular stanchion, bent over and trimmed them. Above is Mr. D on the spool.
I need advice about a goat-proof latch. My goats (after more than 10 years) have figured out how to open the latch to the chicken pen with chicken feed in it. We started put a hook on the end of the latch to prevent this but in my Christmas haste yesterday I forgot to put the hook in. The goats ate quite a bit of chicken feed. Two of them have diarrhea and none so far are bloating, so hopefully none of them will die from this adventure. But we obviously need a more fool/human proof latch to keep the goats out. Any advice would be appreciated. Our current latch is below (with the hook in the correct position).