I am not a tall person so keeping a sheep quiet while I trimming it's feet or checking the underside is difficult. I purchased a Deck Chair (called a Sheep Chair by some) to help me with these chores. It is a tubular rectangular frame with netting that is adjusted to the size of the sheep. It has 'legs' which keep it several inches off the ground and 'handles' used to hold it up against a fence and which are then used to tip the sheep out of the chair when the work is done. The sheep is backed up and flipped into the chair. Once they are in the chair their ability to move is limited..even for my largest ram. I can quickly trim feet and check them out. I put a piece of canvas in the bottom half of the chair so that their feet and tails don't get caught in the netting when loading or unloading.
I use good quality pony nippers and a hoof pick to trim feet. The hoof pick I use to pull all dirt out of the hoof so I can clearly see the length of the toe. It is easy to get one edge of the pony nippers under the long side of the hoof and to bring them up even with the pad to trim. The nippers don't require as much hand strength as the traditional foot trimmers which gives me more control.
1. Sheep feeders
2. Ewe and lamb collars.
3. Creep Feeders/Pickup Bed Pen
4. Portable Field Shelters
16 foot long wire horse panel (60" high), Two - 12 foot 2x6, Two -five foot 2x6.
Two - 1/2 inch pipe, 5.5 feet long.
10 - 3/4 inch pipe brackets
Build a frame 12 long by 5 feet wide. (Reinforce the corners on the outside so that it will hold up to being move).
On the inside of each 5 feet wide board, attach the pipe brackets with wood screws, spacing them so that the square of a horse panel will go over them.
Drill a 3/4 inch hole at the end of the long side of the frame. This hole is to slide the pipe through so it must line up with the holes in the pipe brackets.
Place the short end of the horse panel along the short side of the frame, lining it up so that the pipe brackets fall between the squares. Slide the pipe in
through each bracket. (The horse panel will be next to the wood. The pipe will be in front of the horse panel.).
Bend the horse panel fitting the other end into the frame linking it up and inserting the pipe as instructed above.
Attach a tarp over the horse panel to keep out rain and too much sun.
If you are in an area of high winds a Y brace can be added in the middle of each side to the top of the panel to prevent the wind from shifting the top.