Goat Hates Being Touched...

Discussion in 'Show Circuit' started by Scottyhorse, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse New Member

    My buck, who I am showing at the end of the month, hates being touched. The breeder had some family issues that I won't post on here, but she had to be across the state for two months after he was born. So, when she got back, he was of course a bit wild. He leads OK, not the best, but I can get him around the ring, though he'll be fighting the whole way :p

    But when it is time to set him up, or the judge touch him (not sure if this is normal, but the judge at my previous, and first, show did that) he FREAKS out! Leaps, jumps, rears, kicks, stomps, steps on feet, etc. And that's not good. He just doesn't like to be touched. Anything that will calm him down, and get him used to being touched?
     
  2. Sylvie

    Sylvie city-turned-country girl

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fallbrook, CA
    Touch him more ;) Get in his pen every day, and pet him all over 'til he's used to it. It'll take awhile, and I'm sure he'll hate it at first, but slowly he'll come around.
     

  3. nancy d

    nancy d Moderator

    Oct 5, 2007
    near Seattle
    Scottyhorse what kind of collar are you using?
    Everybody around here uses pinch collars on their bucks.
    When judge comes for hands on I grab his beard up high with my other hand. He still fidgets especially when the family jewels are being checked.
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    Yep, keep working with him, be gentle, but try not to tickle ;)
     
  5. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse New Member

    Right now just his barn collar.... Then I just have the regular chain show collar.
    What's a pinch collar?

    They touch the jewls? Eww! Why?!
     
  6. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Can you put him on a stand and feed him? While he eats, pet him all over, the entire time he eats.
    He will get used to it!
    They check the "jewels" for size, texture etc. to make sure they are real.
     
  7. rollinghillsfarm

    rollinghillsfarm Member

    79
    Sep 21, 2012
    Marilla, New York
    To make sure they're real? You mean some people use fake ones?? Prosthetic jewels??
     
  8. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    I have a doe that hates to be touched too. You can see her just shutter when I touch her. I have had her for 3 years have never been mean to her and she will not get over it. I don't show so don't laugh if this is a big N O. Can you keep his mind off of it by having a treat in your hand? If not then Nancy d is onto something. If you hold him by the beard hell think more of that then what the judge is doing.......hopefully lol. But yes I agree with the keep touching. Rub him all over and talk to him then give a treat. The best way to a animals heart is threw food :) if you have the time you could also put his feed in a tub and the only way he can have his meal is if comes to you and allows you to touch him.