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Captain Evil 04-27-2012 07:45 PM

Draft & Goat fighting
 
My 15 hand, 1800 pound Percheron gelding is quite aggressive to other horses. A week ago we got a rescue goat, a large wethered male Oberhasli with huge, foot long horns. He was headed to the meat market and his owner was quite distraught. Our Percheron, Ahab, used to live peacefully with two dwarf goats, but he and the new goat have squared off several times, with the goat (Lucifer) butting Ahab and Ahab chasing the goat. We have a creep stall for Lucifer that he can escape to, but today he came up missing a 3" round patch of hair. Any one have any experience with this? Think they'll work it out?

Lins 04-27-2012 07:51 PM

I don't think I'd take the risk. They are well equipped to kill each other. Could they be in separate pens close to each other to see if they can stand eachother?
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Captain Evil 04-27-2012 07:55 PM

The barn I have has a 12x12 hang out shelter that leads into two 12x12 box stalls with half doors. I lock Lucifer in one of the stalls at night or when I am worried about their interactions, and Ahab usually hangs out with his head over the stall door, looking at Lucifer. Most of the Ahab ignores Lucifer, but always Lucifer has his eyes glued to Ahab, and scuttles into his stall if Ahab gets too close.

Lins 04-27-2012 08:01 PM

Hmmm so there is a chance that they might work it out. Its still worrisome because of the goats horns and the size of your draft.
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Captain Evil 04-27-2012 08:39 PM

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Yes, I am hoping they will work it out. I think Ahab is the biggest thing Lucifer has ever encountered. He's pretty big; when he stands on his hind feet, which he does for long periods of time, he is taller than I am (5'4"). Here is a picture of Lucifer.... His horns are rather impressive.

soenjer55 04-27-2012 08:46 PM

I think it's best to separate them. There's a possibility they could work it out, but with a draft that size and a goat with those horns, I myself would not want to risk it. Maybe try putting them in side by side pens so they can get used to each other without really getting hurt.
That goat is too cute, though- what a feisty little thing, lol.

Captain Evil 04-27-2012 10:08 PM

Lucifer is wicked cute! I really like this goat. I can't easily keep them separate other than locking the goat in his stall, as our turnout is really only a dirt /wooded lot. Not much room. Then, by the time June rolls around we leave the house at four or five and don't return until ten or eleven, working on the boat. Things don't start slowing down until September or October. I'm worried about one of them getting hurt and being hurt for hours until I get home, and then more hours until a vet can arrive. I think a new home is the best bet...:-( Anyone want a wicked cute goat?

soenjer55 04-27-2012 10:15 PM

If you could ship him to AZ I'd take him in a heart beat LOL

Country Woman 04-28-2012 12:41 PM

would love to see a picture of Ahab

Captain Evil 04-28-2012 02:13 PM

Here is Ahab. Originally my husband's horse, now that my horse, Djinn, died, he is mine. He is mean to other horses, but very sweet to everyone else.


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