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post #1 of 15 Old 06-19-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Goats with horses?

I might get a horse sometime this year. My horse would be in its pasture most of the time...but if its in its stall (their would be two stalls right next to eachother in the barn) and their is one or two goats in the stall next to it, would the horse still get lonley abd freak out?? Also the 1-2 goats would be in the pasture with it for a companion. Will the goats eat all the grass? or just the weeds?? And would the goats poop and pee ruin the pasture? Or do you just drag the pasture like you normally would, and everything would be ok? Sorry for all the questions

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-19-2010, 01:38 PM
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Goats are great companions, but you have to make sure you're set up for them.

Goat urine and feces won't wreck the pasture - but you need to make sure they STAY in the pasture. Goats are notorious escape artists, and they WILL get into the hay supply if they can and make a holy old mess of it - they'll tear it with their horns, spread it around, and pee and crap all over it. They enjoy running their horns down things that will give you a fit - like your new car. If you ever have to catch your horse with grain, forget it - NOTHING will convince them to stop mauling you.

I personally love goats, but when we had them at the farm, they wouldn't stay in the pasture and destroyed everything in sight. Goats will also wreck trees as they like eating bark - my grandpa owned a herd of goats to keep his stallion company, and although they stayed in the pasture, they made a mess of all the trees from going as high as they could eating all the bark.

You have to be careful because the smaller species of goat obviously inflict less damage, but are more vulnerable to horse kicks or bites if they get playing. And no, your horse shouldn't be lonely in his stall by himself, it's no different if you had a horse and they had their own stalls.

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Okay, thanks!! I will have to keep the "small goat being kicked" thing in mind. Because we were planning to get a Pgmy.

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Goats are great companions, but you have to make sure you're set up for them.

Goat urine and feces won't wreck the pasture - but you need to make sure they STAY in the pasture. Goats are notorious escape artists, and they WILL get into the hay supply if they can and make a holy old mess of it - they'll tear it with their horns, spread it around, and pee and crap all over it. They enjoy running their horns down things that will give you a fit - like your new car. If you ever have to catch your horse with grain, forget it - NOTHING will convince them to stop mauling you.

I personally love goats, but when we had them at the farm, they wouldn't stay in the pasture and destroyed everything in sight. Goats will also wreck trees as they like eating bark - my grandpa owned a herd of goats to keep his stallion company, and although they stayed in the pasture, they made a mess of all the trees from going as high as they could eating all the bark.

You have to be careful because the smaller species of goat obviously inflict less damage, but are more vulnerable to horse kicks or bites if they get playing. And no, your horse shouldn't be lonely in his stall by himself, it's no different if you had a horse and they had their own stalls.
Fantastic reply. make sure that when you start exposing them to each other, that they get plenty of time next to each other, but in different paddocks. See how they work things out. Over the years, I added full sized horses to my herd of miniatures, but not all horses that were brought over(friend's, trainer's horses). always worked out with a smaller companion.
Most horses, if introduced properly, do fine with a much smaller companion, but you have to do it slowly and with giving them enough to time to acquaint.

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ALSO - goats have a habit of eating the tails of horses.

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I used to have goats for my horses. They loved them, but after they gnawed the tail off my high-dollar reining cowhorse the morning of a big NRCHA show and chewed up my brand new expensive show halter.....Bye bye, Mr. Goat....
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I shouldn't laugh, but I find it hilarious they eat tails! I can only imagine a horse standing there eating hay and a little goat behind it chewing on the tail. Funny thing to picture
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Goat urine and feces won't wreck the pasture - but you need to make sure they STAY in the pasture. Goats are notorious escape artists, and they WILL get into the hay supply if they can and make a holy old mess of it - they'll tear it with their horns, spread it around, and pee and crap all over it. They enjoy running their horns down things that will give you a fit - like your new car. If you ever have to catch your horse with grain, forget it - NOTHING will convince them to stop mauling you.
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So to prevent them from eating tails...should you ut a tail beg in them or something? Oh, and can Pygmies even reach the horses tail??

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My bosses own a goat as well as their horses. I believe it is a Nubian goat, so she is a bit bigger (maybe 100-150 pounds). She is never turned out with the horses, as accidents can happen...keep in mind some goats (this one included) can be quite aggressive as well. She has access to her own pasture, but doesn't eat much of it. I've never had goats because of the fencing issue. It is amazing what they can squeeze through and climb out of.
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