4 Ways Goats Will Forever Change Your Life
Goat, this is your exhibitor.
Exhibitor, meet your goat.
Now that we have that out of the way, we need to discuss a few things before you walk off into the sunset as best friends.
Owning a goat, or any stockshow animal for that matter, is an incredible responsibility. And, well, since the internet loves goats we’re going to focus on goats.
Let’s dive into what a day in the life looks like.
Goats Eat Everything.
Just because they're equal-opportunity food consumption doesn't mean you should slack on regulating their intake. Have I rocked a near bald patch on my head because my goat was really feeling my shampoo? Sure.
You can exercise them too much.
Goats are like pettings a cat in terms of suddenly having gone way too far. Sometimes right when you’re confident their top line is strong enough to win the division, it snowballs past tender and juicy and lands at tough, taut, and terrible. While it’s unlikely this will happen early in show prep, it is important to monitor your goat’s training regimen from time-to-time. When you’re goat’s top line mimics Dwayne’ the Rock’ Johnson looks, you know your goat is ready to be removed from the oven.
You're going to spend a lot of time watching what they eat.
As your show goat matures, pay close attention to their eating habits. Eating too quickly can cause some digestive issues, and if you are not watching, make you think you're not feeding them enough. You are definitely feeding them enough. Be creative. For example: placing a mineral brick in their feeder creates a hurdle between the goat and the feed forcing them to slow down.
Practice does not perfect make. You're going to work, work some more, and work some more after that.
Did I mention practice? I like to compare the memory of a goat to that of a goldfish: just because you have the routine down front ways and back ways doesn’t mean your goat has retained an ounce of it. Sometimes they just go through the motions out of boredom. Don’t let them fool you! They need you to work them frequently and consistently.