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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2013, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question about keeping a companion goat

I currently have just one horse, and so have gotten a companion goat for him. They get along very well and are buddies. Aside from another horse, Reuben (the horse) is in a very good companion situation.

Problem: When I take the horse off property, I have to lock the goat up and she becomes frantic and remains that way the entire time we are gone.

Question: Does anyone know if getting a second goat for these times when I take the horse off property (which will only increase with training) would take away from the companion situation with the horse (since the goats would have each other). Also, the goat is currently able to come and go from the paddock and so is actually free, BUT she does not leave sight of the horse, who is contained of course. Would getting a second goat make the risk of them wandering off the property higher?

Second goat?
Or make the goat suck it up?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-09-2013, 01:44 PM
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put the goat up when you leave, he'll get over it. been doing it for years.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-09-2013, 01:50 PM
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2 goats will wander. If you or your neighbors have expensive landscape plants those will be the first ones eaten.

I love goats but in order to keep them you need a special sense of humor and a good fence.

Easier by far to just lock the one goat up.
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Thank you both! That was exactly the feedback I needed. :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-10-2013, 05:59 PM
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Goat will get over it.

I once had a pig that kept destroying the hog panels.
During the times of escape my goat and pig would travel together,everywhere.
Neighbor thought this was so cute, even called them Lucy & Ethel.
As months passed they ate Hostas, tomatoes, berries, tipped trash cans,
stopped traffic in the highway, police at the door, destroyed entire gardens.
They had a blast!

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-10-2013, 07:54 PM
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You're lucky. My pigs chased snowmobiles.
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Haha! Wow! That sounds so interesting and new to me! :)
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-10-2013, 11:52 PM
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Considering that during my trail ride today the neighbor was howling with laughter because my friend and I were being chased by 3 dogs and 2 goats..... no.

All buying a 2nd goat will do is gain you two very upset goats when you take the horse away or 2 goats chasing you down the driveway!
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-11-2013, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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I laughed so much when I read these responses! Goats (and apparently pigs) are hilarious. :)
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