- To take the "fight" out of lambing & kidding females when you need to intervene and/or leave the animal to go for extra supplies. Nearly as useful as a 2nd person (but less expensive and less interesting).
- For transporting individual animals on ATV's and ATV trailers.
- Made of nearly-indestructible polycarbonate.
- For adult sheep and goats.
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I bought both the large and the small, I am a mixed animal veterinarian as well as a sheep & goat farmer... Well, my 50% of my Katahdins come right out of this thing. The small is too small and the large is too big for my ewes. I also have Nubians, they seem to be more agreeable to the device, but they do not love it. Mine have not broken and they have seen some wretched ram / buck fights, so in my temperatures of use, it has proven sturdy, but only the bigger rams seem to give up to the device after a hard struggle. I generally work the animals by myself, so this is useful, but I have to get creative to make it actually stay on and in place. I have used them on farm calls and not had much problem with them on Babydolls, Dorper, Cheviot, Suffolk, etc... they were all much better behaved in the Gambrel than mine, they also had much thicker coats and were worked with an assistant to help calm them. SO, I will neither recommend nor dissuade anyone from trying one, they are about the cost of a dinner in town, so you're not out much if you try one and don't like it. I don't love mine yet, but I am keeping them, they aren't my go to restraining device.
Cheryl G from Ohio
Worked just as advertised when I needed it for a ewe while lambing. But mine broke when used while treating a ewe with a sore ear. She was not impressed and had the umph to prove it. Got less than a year out of it, can't decide whether to buy another one or not.
Paula H from Mississippi
Premier has fast shipping as always, BUT this product does NOT work as stated. I have a VERY pregnant 2yr old full size Lamancha goat. She needed her feet trimmed one last time before she delivers. I am very gentle with my goats, and most of my goats dont complain,but due to lack of attention, by her recent previous owner, her hooves are somewhat mishapen, and have a tendency to pick up fecal matter, which quickly begins to impact and rot in places,causing a terrible smell and infection. She was not afraid of having me trim her feet, as I had already done so twice. We were growing them out. She was afraid of the Gambrel. I made sure I was familiar with it before I used it. We went to a nice shady grassy, safe area. After I got her to laydown,nuzzle me and give me a kiss. We tried the gambrel on. At first she was mystified, so I patted her, reassured her and attemped to show her the grass by her muzzle. She started to eat some grass. Stopped. Then decided the gambrel was not for her. She struggled a bit and I again reassured her. I proceeded to do the final trim on the second to last hoof and she suddenly jumped to a half standing positip and tried to run away. The trim knife sliced open the pad of my thumb 1/4 inch down and worst of all the side of her hoof causing it to bleed.I can tough it out. It's mostly healed up now, This happened 2 wks ago, but she now has a fear of getting
feet trimmed, I don't have a retraint device that works, and after reviewing the entire process,I found that I followed the instructions exactly. Her name is Lucibelle and she weighs between 140 and 160 depending on her condition. Thank You. Paula
Tina E from Billy Joe's Food Farm, Kansas
Easy to use, affordable, reliable. Not very often that you find a product that does exactly what it says it will do. This restrainer WORKS.
Deborah N from WV
Works great, and is lightweight. Easy to apply and remove. The sheep can be positioned on their side, stomach, or back while wearing it. One acrobatic hair sheep wheelbarrowed himself accross the pen while wearing it but was easily caught up.