I posted recently about our flock’s tails. I realized when Diamond was getting in my face about needing her morning slice of bread that I had neglected the other end – our flock’s horns. Diamond is just turning 14 and her horns have seen a lot of years. She isn’t an aggressive sheep but I have seen her push others aside with them. But I think it is age rather than use that has dulled and broken hers. To us, because of her spirit, they are just as beautiful!
Jacob Sheep can have 2, 4 or even more horns. Diamond is a 4 horn. Nellie is a good example of a 2 horn. See how nice and rounded hers are? They still hurt if she accidentally runs into you. She is a little pushy about wanting through gates and doorways so it has happened.
However, it is when the horns end up sharp and pointy like Winnie’s that you really have to be careful, especially when leaning over her to give shots!
And the one you really don’t want to get in front of is Lily, whose horns decided to go forward. Lucky for her, her wool is very nice as she is a lilac Jacob so we put up with a lot!
In some sheep, ewes have no horns and rams do, as with our Shetlands. The ewes Carmen and Eve are hornless (although not afraid to use their heads to butt other sheep anyway when they want to!)
Earl, our Shetland wether, has beautiful, curled horns.
Some of our sheep breeds have no horns. An example would be our East Friesians, represented her by Dolly.
And sometimes a breed can have some with horns and some without. In our Navajo Churros, Ingrid does not have horns but Beatrix does – and hers are very lovely!
And, finally, our Karakul ewes are hornless but have little scurs – like a horn bud which you can just barely see on Kate.
But Quentin, our Karakul wether, has really beautiful horns that frame his face, giving him a very Pan-like (the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, by the way!) look, I think.
But whether or not they have horns, it is hard to resist a face full of bread who just wants more!