Lost trust

Discussion in 'The Rural Life' started by oldenglish, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. oldenglish

    oldenglish New Member

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    We have four goats and a Llama. Now the goats are pretty friendly but one may never trust me ever again.

    His name is "Fred" and he is a boer male, he has been altered but does have his horns.
    We got him last summer when he was about 5 months old and within about a week and a half it was obvious that he was sick and not doing well.
    A trip to the vet confirmed the worst, he had a stomach parasite and it was feeding off his red bloodcells, making he very enemic. The vet did not think he would live but we wanted to try, so they gave him some shots and a friend gave us a blood booster that they use on horses and for the next two weeks fred lived in our utility room, he was a very sick animal, for most of the first week he could barely lift his head and we sat with him and hand fed him, but he got better and after two weeks was able to go outside.
    He was small due to the illness but he loves to eat and before long he was running and keeping up with the rest of the animals, he was also very tame due to his time spent in the house.

    Fast forward to this year, we let the animal free range on our property and on hot days they like to lay under my old '73 dodge truck. I was called into work and as usual I did a quick look under the truck then jumped in and started to back up to turn around. I only went about 12" when the front tire rode up and over something, fred screaming (did not know goats could scream) ran out from under the truck. Took a little time to track him down but he was not happy, his ear was split open and one of his horns was loose. I think the tire went over his head. Even today fred does not trust me, he healed up just fine, even his horn seems ok, but he will not let me anywhere near him. He will eat grain from my hand but if I try to pet him he takes off. I wonder if he heard my wifes comment about next time could I not run over the goat and just leave her to deal with it while I go to work. :D
     
  2. pkwilbur

    pkwilbur New Member

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    aww, what a story.

    Don't pet his head. The trauma probably is NOT YOU, but the sensitivity to the prior trauma to his head, so don't take it to deeply in your heart. I am a massage therapist on Humans, and soon horses. Trauma is trauma. I have HUMAN clients that tense up in Past trauma areas... tissue holds memory, even if the brain doesn't. I know sounds weird.

    Pet him some place else, or just keep your hand above his head in a healing way... let the energy work, with out touching him, pet him above in the air, just like you were petting him on his skin....for a few weeks. Maybe once he feels caring in that area from you, he will be more likely to allow your hand to come closer to the trauma site. Hope it works for you, I can tell you are feeling bad about this.
    Just me, PK
     

  3. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Oh crap! Here comes PETA...... :lol:
     
  4. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    Ouch, sorry to hear about that, It'll take him a little time but he'll come back around. We don't let our animals roam free but there are 4 or 5 barn cats that get into everything, I always bang on the hood of the truck before I start it just in case ;-)