The weekend had the annual alpaca shearing scheduled. In the morning we went outside to put up a temporary electric fence to funnel them all into the little yard in front of the shelter when we noticed the missing top fence wire in Rusty’s paddock.

The wire tensioner was gone and nowhere to be found, the wire was all ripped off half a dozen posts and was laying in the paddock. Mr Rusty was bleeding from a number of cuts and punctures. Silly horse must have ripped the wire off and got tangled in it – however he did it.

A horse hind leg with a bleeding cut just across the joint
Bloody horse – literally

So we called the vet first while moving the alpacas up the hill and into the yard. Luckily that worked all well. Then we had to squeeze them all into the shelter to get Rusty through the yard and up into the other shelter for the vet to look after him.

While we were busy with the shearing, drenching, vaccinating and toenail clipping, the vet checked out Rusty. Luckily it was all just superficial and no real damage done. Lucky boy, or lucky us.

Black alpaca tied to the ground on a black canvas, being shorn, lots of fluff everywhere on the ground
Fluff everywhere

After the shearing the fence had to fixed again by ramming some timber wedges into the ground to straighten up some bent posts again and fixing the top wire back by installing a new tensioner.

Next on the list was fixing the water troughs that Abigail Moo decided to use for playing socker. Silly moo.

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