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post #21 of 32 Old 01-21-2010, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Will the goats and horses form a herd? My horses are super protective of everything they like, so I hope they would...

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post #22 of 32 Old 01-21-2010, 06:34 PM
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My goats and horse get along great. I don't know if you'd call it a herd but they seem to stay together most of the time. I gave up on fencing the goats a long time ago, they're escape artists. I've watched them get hit with the fence, jump back, then go touch the fence 10 minutes later. Once they know where home is they won't go far. Mine stay in the fence just because the horse is in the fence. They're Boer by the way, they eat just as good as the others and the babies are worth more. Plus if you wither one you can eat it after about a year. They grow quick.
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post #23 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 12:14 PM
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I always heard if a fence won't hold water, it won't hold goats


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My friend used to have goats. Hers were mean :p... But I suppose that the horses and goats would get along. The goats might even think my pony is a goat! She's short and mean and will eat anything...

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post #25 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 07:11 PM
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I just found out yesterday that my mustang will eat burrs. I picked a dry one out of his tail after a ride and was going to throw it away in the trash barrel. As I walked past his head, he got curious about what was in my hand so I opened it and he ate the burr. I expected him to spit it out but he just chewed and chewed and then looked at me for more. I swear that horse has a mouth of solid steel.

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Hmmm...weird. My horse won't touch them. Oh, wait yes she will! But she won't eat them. It must be because she is a Mustang, that your horse will eat them.

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It might be, he is the only horse I have ever seen that will stand in the middle of a field full of good grass and eat a yucca plant down to the roots, then start on the sage brush. LOL.

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My horse's are picky. Only orchard grass hay, and long green grass gor them. They won't even eat leaves... :p

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Will the goats and horses form a herd? My horses are super protective of everything they like, so I hope they would...
Our horses and goats have always coexhisted really well...I have been slowly introducing my goats and horses, here, because I would like to eventually turn everyone out together during the daylight hours in the summer. So far aside from alot of curiosity, they have been good...no one's been mauled, tehehe. You might occasionally get one horse that likes to chase and pick up a goat and shake it (which can of course kill the goat, given the size of a horse's jaws!), so if your horses have never been around goats before, introduce them slowly, and don't simply bring them home and toss them in your pasture! Pen them near the horses, so they can sniff, and look at each other, but so that the goats will remain safe from over curiosity, or possible chasing/attacking. Once the horses don't really pay a whole lot of attention to the goat's comings and goings, and antics in their pen, then start turning them out for short periods of time with the horses...it's really good to start out with only one horse in the pen with the goats, but if that's not possible, you just gotta be watchful of the introduction, and be ready to shoo any naughty horses away and rescue the goats!

Generally, though, horses, goats, sheep, etc, can coexist really nicely, and goats can be loads of fun to watch when they get playing and bouncing around.

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I just found out yesterday that my mustang will eat burrs. I picked a dry one out of his tail after a ride and was going to throw it away in the trash barrel. As I walked past his head, he got curious about what was in my hand so I opened it and he ate the burr. I expected him to spit it out but he just chewed and chewed and then looked at me for more. I swear that horse has a mouth of solid steel.
My mare likes the occasional tumbleweed...she likes the young succulent ones, though...no dead tumbleweed for her!

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