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    11-22-2009, 12:39 PM
Green Broke
Large goat care/desensitizing?

Hey guys,

I got a goat yesterday. EEK! I really know nothing about goats but the goat really needed a home. She was one of 25 goats that my friend's dad raises. Coyotes were eating them so he decided to spare the last 5 and sell them. Because they were raised in a herd situation, they are not used to humans and they are not used to being alone. When they finally caught her, she needed to go to a home so we took her. We have wanted a goat for a long time to cut down on the weeds that my picky poo horses won't eat so this was a great opportunity.

Anyway, I need to know EVERYTHING about handling a large goat. She has quite large horns, too. We think she is a Nubian/Boer cross but we're not sure.

Any desensitizing tips? I am keeping her in one of my stalls for now. It has bars and things so she cannot get out. But I need to know how to handle her and how to let her get used to me without scaring the everliving life out of her. At this point, she shakes when I go in the stall. Poor girl

And how about trimming her feet? Does she need that? And how often?

As you can see, I know nothing about goats. Haha

Thanks for any help you can give me!
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    11-22-2009, 02:55 PM
I'm no help but I do have to say, good luck getting her to eat the weeds!! I had some for awhile and kept them staked out to eat weeds......and they would rather starve than eat them!! Despite the tin can story, goats actually seem to be rather picky eaters!
    11-22-2009, 02:57 PM
Hi liku you say goats are very good at cleaning the land,but with her having horns she could be dangerous around horses don,t let it put you off,what I would do is get a strong collar dos,ent have to be tight just so it can,t come over her horns fasten a chain with a swivel on and peg her out on the land put a dog kennel or something similar so she has a bit of shelter hope this helps you do trim their feet but not often your farrier woul do it
    11-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Green Broke
Yeah I thought about her horns. The owner insisted it wouldn't be a problem because nannys don't tend to use their horns in defense. And they don't butt. Is there any way to get them filed down humanely just to get the ends blunted a bit more?

I've heard that the tin can story is a myth. I looked online at several reputable goat breeders in the area and they said that contrary to popular belief, goats do not eat cans. We will see if she will eat the weeds. If not, we have plenty of good grass for her to go around.

I don't want to peg her in a spot because I only have one goat. She might get frantic and hurt herself if she isn't around another animal. My horses have been exposed to goats before so I'm not worried about her safety, i'm more worried about my horse's safety around her.

Thanks for the help... any other suggestions would be very much appreciated!

Ps. Just after I rode my horse today, I went into the stall where she is being kept and stayed there for about an hour and a half. I got within three feet of her and she has stopped shaking!
    11-22-2009, 05:55 PM
Lol, def the tin cans a myth yes you can get her dehorned but not all the way,i was given one from a nun once and she was as wild as a march hare we pegged her for a couple of weeks gave her a bit of horsemix when we went to see her then just let her loose she tended to stay in the field nearest the house I think the only time we thought she would vanish was when she came in season,but where ever he landed from up came a big old puck and did his job
    11-23-2009, 05:13 PM
Green Broke
Any other tips? I really need help!
    11-23-2009, 05:18 PM
Talk to the farrier about her hooves. I know they need to be done at least a few times a year (as needed.) If you hand feed them, they seem to be less shy, but then it could get to the point she's all over you. We have a goat, llama and sheep at the barn. The sheep only come over when you've got food. The goat is a total ham. The llamas need alot of coaxing. Its take from july till october for them to come up to me, or follow me around. I would let her settle first before you do too much. I also believe she needs to be dewormed, along with your horses.
    11-23-2009, 05:21 PM
Green Broke
Thanks! I haven't had a chance to hand feed her yet because she won't come near me. I am going down to the barn twice a day and talking to her, getting her used to my presence. She has stopped shaking when I go in which I think is a good sign. She has also stopped cocking her head and "sneezing" which both mean "back away" so... progress?

My farrier will not do goat hooves. Equine only. He won't even do Mini's because they are too low to the ground! Haha. But we have some people across the way that breed Boers so I will ask them if they can come and do it. They run their own place so I can imagine that they do their own hooves.

I will start deworming her when I can get a halter on her. I can't as of yet. She has a collar on which I believe is too tight so I really want to get to her soon. But not so soon she has a heart attack of course. Poor baby.

Any other suggestions?
    11-23-2009, 10:34 PM
Green Broke
Bumppp :)
    11-28-2009, 02:40 AM
I know nothing about goats apart from they scare the living crap out of me.
A ranch I used to be at had a couple of goats but his one in perticular 'sugar' used to always be loose.
They had got her when she was a baby and raised her with their dogs so low and behold the goat thought she was a dog.. and what do dogs do to get attention??? Lol (oh and they say the goat was blind but im telling you she wasnt!!!! LOL)
So anyways when ever the goat was around I would try and hide but no she would always see me and come over to me (well run over to me), I would make a desperate attempt to get behind a gate or something but she would always try to ram me with her horns and jump up. (this goat had it in for me im telling you!)
Everyone would say that she was just trying to be friendly but I know she was trying to kill me.
So word to the wise.. don't raise her like you would a dog.. when she starts greeting people like dogs do you will regret it.
Best of luck with her though
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