Long story short, our family cow is down and can't get up without assistance. Our neighbor is currently coming over twice every day to lift her for us, and she'll stay up for 4-5 hours at a time (usually... last night she was up for 11 hours!), she just needs help getting up.
I really hate to have to keep bugging my neighbor with this AND he does have a job, so there is going to come a time when he's not available to help us! I'm looking into alternative ways to lift her and was wondering if something like this would work?
I'm not worried about her walking away, she never walks away while the hip clamps are still on her and we'd be taking them off once she was up. My concern is more that as she tries to raise herself to her feet while we're lifting her, she might trip over the legs of this thing.
Can you cobble together some braces (I'm thinking giant X type things--out of pipe or poles or whatever) and a block and tackle? You could make it portable, and make a sling type contraption out of heavy duty tarp or nylon straps... From your update, it may be that this isn't going to be needed for much longer...she seems to be on the mend, doesn't she?
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She definitely seems to be on the mend and we're really praying this isn't needed much longer - the vet said he doesn't think so, either. We might be able to do something like that... I'll talk with my husband and see what he thinks! Thanks, Corrae.
Post by risingphoenixfarm on Jan 3, 2014 13:30:16 GMT -5
I wouldn't use that lift unless she's down on flat concrete. They aren't the easiest to move unless they are on concrete and they have to be completely level to stay upright. I see a disaster in the making.
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