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Another Goat ?? ...is a Weater as....

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  • Another Goat ?? ...is a Weater as....

    nasty as a intact male? Would they make a good horse companion?


  • #2
    Wethers are lovely animals. Not stinky like a buck. I highly recommend one! My mule enjoyed his pet wether, Jasper Jules, and missed him when he was gone (the does, which remain, were not social with Fenway so we just got him a mini mule last weekend).
    My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

    Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives


    • #3
      A tame wether is one of the sweetest creatures in the world.
      “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


      • #4
        You will have a soul mate with a wether!! Plan on not getting task done because you will enjoy hanging out with him as much as your horse.


        • #5
          They will make a good horse companion if the horse bonds with them; but goats needs other goat companions too .
          "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
          Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
          Need You Now Equine


          • #6
            Wethers are amazing companions for both people and horses. I have two and would not trade them for anything.


            • #7
              I have 3...

              2 Neubians and a mini goat. Holy crow do I adore them. They eat my weeds at the fenceline, follow me around like my dogs. Be prepared to get great fencing to keep them in and make certain you can lock you grain up tightly.

              My boy Marley head butted the aluminum doors to the feed shed to get them open. Mr. PB was not impressed and threatened to have goat burgers for Memorial Day....
              Come to the dark side, we have cookies


              • Original Poster

                Thank you guys!! Thats good to know! I may need another as a companion for a horse. I am glad to here they are not stinky


                • #9
                  Timely question as I'm trying to decide on a companion for my mini mare (or a grazing muzzle). I just can't let her graze 12 hours over night like my big horses. But I didn't realize goats would need a companion goat....do they? My good friend has 4 Nubian kids - two males and two females. They may keep one of the males (wethered) as a pet, but looking to rehome the other one. Would he miss goat companions? I'm not sure I really want more than one....(the other alternative is to find another mini and dry lot them both)....


                  • #10
                    We used to raise Nubians. I love goats! Our last goat was a wether and he was the absolute sweetest guy. The horses loved him!

                    Something to think about, if you only want one goat and not two, get a singleton buck from birth and bottle feed. That's what Gabe was, and he was much better adjusted to being the only goat (he thought he was a horse!) than if he was raised with other kids.

                    If you do get a buck kid, make sure you have him disbudded, as horns can be dangerous.

                    Awe, now you've got me wanting goats again! Good luck!


                    • #11
                      I have five goats - three wethers and two does. My smallest little wether adores my Thoroughbred and sleeps by his own choice in the stall with him at night. As much as he loves that horse he does love socializing with his goatie friends so I'd agree that goats really should have pals of their own species.

                      My two largest wethers are La Manchas and they are horned. They aren't mean with their horns but the horns do tend to get in my way sometimes when the goats are milling about at feeding time. The boys also like to hook their horns into the fence and pull - just for the fun of it. They can't wreck my welded wire pasture fence but they do a number on the lower grade fencing I use between the stalls. I have to replace that fairly often due to goatie action.


                      • #12
                        Wait a minute...Didgery, you got a mini-mule for your big mule and I didn't see photos in that post?
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!


                        • #13
                          I second all the comments that wethers are great. None of the nasty boy habits or odor. I have one that I gelded late after deciding I couldn't handle the odor or the fact that he drank straight from the tap, so to speak.

                          He is odor free, not quite as billy goat gruff in looks as he used to be, but gentle as a teddy bear.
                          It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KarrotKreek View Post
                            I have one that I gelded late after deciding I couldn't handle the odor or the fact that he drank straight from the tap, so to speak.

                            But the does love it!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cowboymom View Post
                              A tame wether is one of the sweetest creatures in the world.
                              We LOVE our Nubian wether. We got him to keep the dry-lotted pony company but he is a BFF to all of the horses - the mares coddle him like a baby. Just this morning I saw him crawl on top of one of the mares as she napped. He was raised with the horses though and has no idea what bad goats do - he doesn't eat tails or make much noise at all.


                              • #16
                                Erg - that reminds me. The little Nigerian Pygmy wether that loves my Thoroughbred so much does chew his tail. I forgot about that because I'm so used to it.

                                It's a lovely level "cut" that makes my horse look like something out of an old Stubbs painting. The tail is level to right above the hocks! Ah!

                                The wee goat (named Gimli) doesn't chew the tails of the three mini horses and it's only Gimli that chews. I've tried everything but he even loves the taste of No Chew.


                                • #17
                                  I have a single goat now-he's survived one brother and one buddy. I've been trying to find him another friend but in the meantime he's happy hanging out with the dogs and me. Especially me. He drinks wine with me. I love him dearly.
                                  “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by cowboymom View Post
                                    I have a single goat now-he's survived one brother and one buddy. I've been trying to find him another friend but in the meantime he's happy hanging out with the dogs and me. Especially me. He drinks wine with me. I love him dearly.


                                    • #19
                                      Damn you enablers!

                                      Every year since I bought my farmette I go to the County Fair and coo over the goats.
                                      So Sweet! So Key-oot! So Purty!!!

                                      The only thing holding me back has been the fact that I'd need to redo my pasture fencing - coated tensile wire - to goatproof it.

                                      Now comes along hundredacres.....
                                      So tell me: does your horselike wether respect the horse fencing?
                                      If the answer is yes, I could very likely end up with a goat this summer (County Fair is 8/3-12).

                                      And, perchance it doesn't work out at 2 Dogs Farm: where exactly in IN are you?
                                      Ya know, just in case a goat got "lost" around your farm
                                      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                      • #20
                                        My goat doesn't mind any fence. My teenage son designed him a virtual CELL out of horse and hog panels and was very proud when it held the goat for two weeks.

                                        Tall woven wire with a hot wire on top works fine but it's a hassle to build/convince non-goatie husbands to build...we recently moved and I lost my goat pen.

                                        Pigweed spends a lot of time loose in the yard sleeping with the dogs on the porch waiting for me to come outside....he's just like a dog except he expels bb's constantly and eats the foliage.
                                        “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey