Sheep and goats break their horns when they are young. Sheep seem to be worse than the goats, but both do it. I am sure it must hurt, since there are many blood vessels and nerves in the horn, particularly close to the skull. This little fellow has only just started getting his horns. He was born late in June and is developing very slowly, being by far the tiniest of all the lambs this year. He is very cute and friendly, and looked so sad and forlorn with the blood all down his face. There is not much to be done for a broken horn. Some feel that a tetanus shot and antibiotics are protocol, however, on the Fat Ewe Farm, we tend to be more natural. Unless the animal shows symptoms of illness or infection, nature is allowed to take its course and the healing will be spontaneous. I am surprised at the ability of an animal to heal itself without intervention. Perhaps we should use this method for humans a little more often as well, instead of running to the doctor for treatments that actually prolong healing and hinder the body from producing its own natural defenses. Anyhow, the little ram lamb will be fine. By the end of the day, he will hardly remember his broken horn and is currently carrying on as though nothing has happened. Good boy!
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