I have to admit in the end Mom turned out to be the best one of us at shearing. We don't clip as close to the skin as a professional would but we are happy with the results and there were only a few very small knicks on two of the four we sheared. We did learn one very important lesson though. If you purchase ready to use shears you still need the blades sharpened or they will not last through shearing anything more then about 2 goats. Mom purchased extra blades tonight and we hope to have them all sharpened up and ready to finish the job on Wed. We will not be shearing tomorrow unless the rain holds off a few more days. If it doesn't though we will be working on them again. By the end of the week we plan on having everything sheared. And we are praying we aren't losing to much fiber by leaving them a bit fuzzy.