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    #21
    The below link should take you to Snapfish & pics of Lucy & Ethel, the delinquent goats. They really are cute but they are just baddddd.

    Today's escapade involved my husband. Due to the icy roads, he drove our daughter over to the barn for turn in duties, hence, his introduction to Lucy & Ethel. You have to understand, my husband is by roots, a city boy (& Italian) so this is pretty much out of his realm of understanding. His tactic was to push them away. We all know, this is the ideal game for goats so naturally, this became the entertainment they had been wishing for all day. Either daughter was too involved with the hossies to worry about Dad, Lucy & Ethel OR she found the trio far to entertaining to step in right away. After a few minutes of Dad doing the whirling dervish with Lucy & Ethel, daughter made a break for the gate with the horses. Tommorow is another day!!


    http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailsh...=0/t_=50869606

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    • #22
      I have found that the best, by far, goat deterent is a spray bottle. Goats HATE getting wet.
      For your situation, making a small holding pen from cattle panels would probably be the easiest way to keep them out of your way.
      Good luck, we have a herd of 30 or so goats and they are a PITA when trying to take care of the horses!
      april
      april
      Equine Retirement at
      www.StonyRidgeFarm.webs.com

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      • Original Poster

        #23
        Originally posted by equusus View Post
        I have found that the best, by far, goat deterent is a spray bottle. Goats HATE getting wet.
        For your situation, making a small holding pen from cattle panels would probably be the easiest way to keep them out of your way.
        Good luck, we have a herd of 30 or so goats and they are a PITA when trying to take care of the horses!
        april

        Equusus, you gave me an "A-HA" moment! Spray bottle! That's why the little buggers stay in their house when it rains. Sometimes, the easiest solution is right under our noses! Thanks!

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        • #24
          When I was a teenager, my Dad went through the "Yikes, I'm 40 and I need a sports car" thing. He bought a shiny new, bright blue MGB convertible. Said goat gets loose and jumps on the hood of the car he'd bought only hours before. I panic, and start screaming at the goat and waving my arms; goat then jumps on the convertible top and BREAKS THROUGH into the driver's seat. He's stuck in there thrashing around, tears up the entire top, then to add insult to injury, poops on the driver's seat. The dealer, when presented with trashed car, didn't believe a word of it. America's Funniest Home Videos wasn't around back then...

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            #25
            Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
            When I was a teenager, my Dad went through the "Yikes, I'm 40 and I need a sports car" thing. He bought a shiny new, bright blue MGB convertible. Said goat gets loose and jumps on the hood of the car he'd bought only hours before. I panic, and start screaming at the goat and waving my arms; goat then jumps on the convertible top and BREAKS THROUGH into the driver's seat. He's stuck in there thrashing around, tears up the entire top, then to add insult to injury, poops on the driver's seat. The dealer, when presented with trashed car, didn't believe a word of it. America's Funniest Home Videos wasn't around back then...

            Darn! That could have been the $250,000 winner too!! Even tho I have kidded quite a few doe's, I am not a goat person. Don't ask. Call me a goat midwife & let's leave it at that. Anyway, I have no idea what is normal/abnormal goat behavior. One thing I do know, goats do not listen. So naturally, flailing arms & screams have no power over a goat who is determined to rampage a car. I would swear, that goat knew what he was doing too!

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            • #26
              Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
              When I was a teenager, my Dad went through the "Yikes, I'm 40 and I need a sports car" thing. He bought a shiny new, bright blue MGB convertible. Said goat gets loose and jumps on the hood of the car he'd bought only hours before. I panic, and start screaming at the goat and waving my arms; goat then jumps on the convertible top and BREAKS THROUGH into the driver's seat. He's stuck in there thrashing around, tears up the entire top, then to add insult to injury, poops on the driver's seat. The dealer, when presented with trashed car, didn't believe a word of it. America's Funniest Home Videos wasn't around back then...
              That may be the best goat story I have heard yet, better than our elderly neighbor so proud of his brand new Cadillac, when those were the best you could buy, pulling up to see his race horses in training and walking out of the barn and seeing Billy licking his car, ran at him and scared him right over the back, up the top and down the hood, leaving scratches and marks all over it.

              Seems that goats think that a straight line is always best, even if they have to go over whatever is in front of them.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by equusus View Post
                I have found that the best, by far, goat deterent is a spray bottle.

                You get better distance and a stronger 'deterrent' factor with a water pistol - like a Super Soaker type.
                Incredible Invisible

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                • #28
                  That's the BEST story!!!!



                  Originally posted by Go Fish View Post
                  When I was a teenager, my Dad went through the "Yikes, I'm 40 and I need a sports car" thing. He bought a shiny new, bright blue MGB convertible. Said goat gets loose and jumps on the hood of the car he'd bought only hours before. I panic, and start screaming at the goat and waving my arms; goat then jumps on the convertible top and BREAKS THROUGH into the driver's seat. He's stuck in there thrashing around, tears up the entire top, then to add insult to injury, poops on the driver's seat. The dealer, when presented with trashed car, didn't believe a word of it. America's Funniest Home Videos wasn't around back then...
                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                  -Rudyard Kipling

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                  • #29
                    Water and corgis!

                    Parents do dairy goats. Worst. Influence. Ever.
                    My filly got pitched in with the goats during weaning. By the time she was two, she'd take your arm off to get a banana peel.
                    "I never panic when I get lost. I just change where I want to go."
                    -Rita Rudner

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by wineberrywillie View Post
                      Equusus, you gave me an "A-HA" moment! Spray bottle! That's why the little buggers stay in their house when it rains. Sometimes, the easiest solution is right under our noses! Thanks!
                      Yes I was going to say this, it should work goats hate the rain or getting wet........I used to work with a petting zoo with 500 of the little buggers, if it worked to keep them away from little kid's feed cones it should work....

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by Woodland View Post
                        I finally gave my daughters Oberhasli show wethers to a petting zoo. I could not take their antics any more! I had no gardens left. They could open storage cabinets, raid trash cans, eat the neighbors trees, Climb or hop over any fence, endure any shock, - SICK OF IT!

                        No garden here either. Goats are left to range free in the dry season to eat whatever they find.

                        I call them rats with horns!
                        HAS provides hospital care to 340,000 people in Haiti's Artibonite Valley 24/7/365/earthquake/cholera/whatever.
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                        • Original Poster

                          #32
                          The squirt bottle worked!! Yahoooo! No more wrestling the "rats with horns" at 7:30 in the morning when it's 15 degrees or at 5pm when it's dark & all I hear it their bleating. Even the horses are done with their obnoxious behavior & beginning to nudge them when they get close.

                          Thanks everyone for your help!

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