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Excerpt from Animal Husbandry Series, Vol. 1
Fixing the Horns. The horns should always be polished and otherwise fixed so as to present a neat and attractive appearance. The same treatment is not applicable to all horns, as some are much more delicate than others. In some horns the quick is very close, thus care must be exercised in the scraping to prevent bleeding or the weakening of the shell.
If the horn is too long, the first step will be to shorten the same. This should be done with a fine-toothed saw, but care must be taken not to cut too deep. Saw off the amount you think necessary to make the horn the desired length. After the cutting is done, then commence and file the horn at the point to its natural shape, beginning about an inch from the point and filing from the outside inwards, making it look as natural as possible so as to avoid detection. If the animal be a Shorthorn, commence filing the inside of the horn, giving it a at inside appearance, which is correct in a Shorthorn, although not necessarily in all horned animals. Next begin at the outside, smooth and round it, making it blend as nearly as possible with the already dressed inside.
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