Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An exciting loss!

Okay, so maybe you have to be breeding for polled Shetlands to get excited over this little nubbin that is Braveheart's right scur. Yesterday morning while haltering him I noticed it was loose, and when I checked to see how loose, it came off in my fingers. Up until now, both scurs have felt firmly attached, and they doubled in size in the last month. I was resigning myself to longer scurs than I had hoped for, but this development is encouraging. The left scur is slightly loose now, too. I am told by those who know much more about pollies than I that Braveheart will mostly likely repeat this over and over (grow small scurs and then knock them off). I'd quite happy with that!

Later I went back armed with my camera to document the appearance of his horn area --even though THIS view is much cuter!
While I had him haltered, I also took close-ups of his fleece. The following shots were taken of, in order: mid-shoulder, mid-side, flank, and backbone.(I'd say the full head shot and the last fleece photo are most true-to-color.) Gotta love that uniformity!

That's it for now at . . .

7 comments:

Nancy K. said...

He's gorgeous, Michelle and his fleece is exquisite!!!! You should get some nice babies from that handsome fellow...

Garrett808 said...

a nice musket and crimpy, CONSISTENT fleece Michelle! Congrats! I've heard that Ag animals are the softest of all the shetland colors......this should be very exciting! I can't wait to see his lambs :)

Lois said...

I think that you did very well with your new sheep! His fleece is lovely; is it as soft as it looks?

As for the scurs, loosing them this quickly seems very good news. And this coming from a dyed-in-the-wool (hehehe) horn-lover....

sheila said...

What a georgous boy..I think I could be convinced to check into polled rams..those horns can be intimidating! I've enjoyed looking through your blog..my goodness but you are a woman of many talents..you must stay very buisy!!

Sharon said...

Yummy yummy wool!

Lauren said...

What a handsome boy, and with such nice crimpy fleece! Give him a hug from his cousins in AZ!

Juliann said...

Beautiful boy, nice fleece, and you gotta love those small, narrow scurs. I think he will be like my Pompey, his little bone knobs will just keep shedding off.
I'm looking forward to your next lambing as much as mine! ;)