Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Boyz







So I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have goats. Very large goats. Mom calls them the Ibex. However, I really do love them. I was inspired to write about them because we live in the country but very close to the road (when the house was built 100 years ago there was no road). City folk are always slowing down and stopping to see them and take pictures. Mom and I were talking about it today. Most people have seen a horse and some have seen little goats in the petting zoos, but most people have never seen a goat this big before (mine weigh between 150 and 170 lbs) . People are totally intrigued. They are super sweet and follow me around as well as the dogs. The Hunter and I call them "The Boyz". Their real names are Dick, Dan, Diesel and Dozer. We bought them when The Hunter read you can use them to pack with. I swear this is a true thing. Google it if you don't believe me. We got the first two when they were only a couple months old, and the older two when they were two. If they were in any kind of shape we could actually add weight to their packs. I got knocked up before we could get them trained. So now we are starting from scratch. They are very smart and learn quickly and are a lot more accepting of the equipment then horses. Why not horses you ask? Well, they are great for packing because they can go where deer go, which is way higher then horses. Hello, goats are made to climb. They can pack up to 20 or 25 percent of their weight, about 80 lbs depending on the terrain. They can go for 3 days without water if needed and best of all they eat what deer eat. All this means you don't have to pack in as much food and water for them that you would with horses. Also goats are easier to keep in camp. If you let them they will sleep right with you. As we have learned from other blogs, if a horse can get in trouble it will. Not so much with goats. Believe it or not they are smarter then that. Any way thought others might like to see my show stoppers.

4 comments:

Vaquerogirl said...

I love your Ibex... I mean goats! Although I am sometimes afraid that they will put one of my eyes out!

The Wife said...

Wow, never heard of packing goats. Learn something new everyday! I had goats for awhile, the husband hated them. So when we moved I had to sell 'em all. They were so sweet.

Train Wreck said...

IBEX!! LOL!! Congrats on you new blog, young baby, and your award!! I love your mom she is great.

carrielt said...

A few summers ago we had 11 Boer goats to clean up our tree row. I really enjoyed having them, but they were a pain in the butt and wrist. One almost broke my wrist. I wasn't sad to see them loaded up and sold.

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