So there was an add on my local craigslist yesterday looking for someone to trim an ewes hooves, which I offer this service, and it was in the town that i was going to today, so I emailed and said that I would do it. This morning, they emailed me back and called, and I talked to them on the phone to find out that they own property back behind us and the gentleman helped my husband last spring. So I said that I would do it and that we would be there around noon. He let me know that just a bit ago, this ewe's buddy passed away and she wasn't settling in being by herself. I was a little worried. When I got there, her hooves were just AWEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never seen them so bad. I wish that I would have taken pictures so that this would be easier to explain - i told them that I would check into what they need to do. The back hooves, just needing trimmed and not look pretty good - overgrown by about 3 inches - but the quick area looked good and healthy. The fronts were a whole nother issue.... The fronts looked to have a bit of hoof rott, sides were all broken apart, almost seemed like the quick area was growing like a "moss" type stuff. It was still the soft area, but growing out in splotches. It was WEIRD. anyone have any ideas? I trimmed some of the growth off - and it didn't seem to bother her, no blood to the growths when they were trimmed, but didn't want to take it all the way down or cut on more then one - was just seeing if there was blood flow to it. The sheep is on irrigated pasture during the year, a hair sheep - unsure of breed - severely overweight, obviously depressed, needs sheering desperately, and not eating real well since the pasture mate passed. Did see her eating bark though off of the tree. Has access to minerals, water, and alfalfa hay, clean bedding and shelter.... .but lets just say she was so fat, that after the trim I had to help her roll over to get up. So after we left from chatting with the hubby, did what we needed in town and were on our way home, the wife called. I told her what i found, that I was looking more into it, and would email them how to trim hooves, how to take care of the infections, and offered one of my wethers to keep the ewe company till he gets a new sheep as a companion. She asked if I would be willing to bring her up here, since her hubby hates goats (she wants goats). I told her we could work something out for her to stay here. Then she offered to give her to me because she feels like a BAD pet owner. I explained that we all have to learn, and that I would help her as much as I could because I know that she loves that ewe - she means well - just ignorant. She seemed happy with that and really wants a goat kid when they are born. She is going to talk to her DH and see about coming to the house tomorrow as they need to come up to check their cabin anyway to make sure the roof did not give way. So she is going to call me. What do you think could be wrong with the hooves? Would you be willing to help them to "learn" how to care for the sheep? Would you be willing to take the sheep in for a short period and care for it and get its hooves good until a kid is born (approx 2 months)? Would you just take "custody" of the sheep? I really don't want a hair sheep - but I could breed her to my ram for meat lambs...... If I were to board her and work on her hooves, what would be an acceptable charge??