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Jar Jar Binks is a fictional character from the Star Wars prequel trilogy
Looks horrible from the google images. :lol:
We have only non-horned goats, but we have had horned goats before and four of the goats we have at the moment were all horned. We found horns a danger and a nuisance, because we are very close and personal with our goats, leaning over them to give them their grain, putting their hay in their racks with them several inches from our face, etc. One of our does with horns, although very well behaved and gentle with them, always knew people were the boss and was a lovely girl, hit my brother pulling her head our of her hay several times, and could have done a lot worse than a very big, painful bruise on the face and one time upper arm. We have some friends with horned goats, and their two Toggenburg does had massive horns, looked like anntenae. After we had successfully taken the horns off all of the goats we had bought with horns (around 1/4 of the goats we had bought had horns) they were so sick of their does thrashing all the smaller does and being a real danger to their kids (one of their does was actually killed by hanging herself in a tree by her horns and breaking her neack, possibly with help from the other does butting her) that they allowed us to ring their horns. They are totally different goats now, and we are minding them both at the moment and it is just great to let the doe who loves rubbing her head on people rub on us, with no worry of these hors hitting you in the face or belly. (which happened accidently several times when we used to mind them)
I think horns like nice, but are always a danger with people around, whether they seem like it or not. I much prefer a goat without horns, they are just as capable, happy to work and useful far more useful in some ways because you can use them around children or baby goat kids, old people, in small areas, at fetes and shows in crowds of people without worrying of accidents, and they are often a lot better behaved with other goats because they know they don't have weapons. (some goats wonâ€™t take advantage of the fact that they have horns, but that case would be very rare and you canâ€™t really blame them â€" if we were in their place and had horns, I at least would use them!)
I could give many, many more examples of pros for no horns or cons for horns, although of course there are other factors involved.
When one of our dogs used to chase the goats, it was always the horned ones she went for â€" probably because they were the ones who tried to boss her around the rest of the time. When a dog is chasing a goat, (going for itâ€™s throat, not just in fun) itâ€™s horns arenâ€™t that much difference, as a goats will normally run in fright whether or not it has horns.
I know horns are beautiful, and often give a goat more character, but they donâ€™t make it a better pack prospect and as has been said, more people regret leaving horns than disbudding. It is better to take the horns away at the start and never have problems, than leave them and later wish you had taken them off when they accidentally (or purposefully) injure a person or animal. Of course, you can take the horns off with rings, but that is another matter in itself and although it has worked very well for us, it may not work as well for others and some people donâ€™t like the idea at all either.
In short, I think the pros of horns are far outweighed, at least with close human handling almost guaranteed for the rest of their lives. I know many others disagree with me, but in my experience I much prefer a disbudded or dehorned goat. A properly disbudded or dehorned goat doesnâ€™t grow scurs, and if not quite properly done, scurs can normally be quite easily managed. Three of our four wethers have scurs, but all are tiny (between less than Â½ inch to, occasionally, 1 inch long) and we havenâ€™t had problems with them. We have all our kids disbudded by a friend, it is quick and simple â€" we drive to his place, I pick up the kid our of the trailer, take it over to the bench thing, he disbuds both sides (and if it is a buck kid, does both sides twice) and I put the kid back in the trailer to go home. No fuss, the kids get a bottle or some of one, (or if they are on their mums, they have a drink from their mum who we bring along) and there is no more worry. I do have to keep an eye on their heads about two weeks/a month later and make sure there are not little scurs, and when there have been recently with a different disbudding iron, we take them back and get them burnt a second time. Luckily for us, we donâ€™t have to pay anything except fuel to get there and an occasional cake.
I am more experienced now as well, and will say â€œI think that one needs a bit more burntâ€ when it hasnâ€™t been enough burnt.