Horse chases goats...

Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by Tyler, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

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    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    My horse chases my goats every once in a while for fun. Today, he charged after the goats, having some fun, slipped, and stepped on a kid on accident (the kid is fine). Is there a way I can train my horse to not chase the goats? :help:
     
  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Oh no...but glad the goat is OK......horses like to play.....the only way.. I know is... to put them in separate fields.... :hug:
     

  3. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

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    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    I would, but the goats and horse are soooo attached, that they can't stand being separated... It's hard riding my horse around the farm, because the goats always cry for him, and he wants to go to them..... So, any other suggestions?

    (sry about putting this thread in the wrong location...)
     
  4. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    Awww...poor little goat. I personally wouldn't keep my horses with my goats just because a horse is about 10 times bigger and an accidental step on them could really injure or even kill a goat. But if they have to be together then I don't really see any solution. :shrug: Horses like to run and some like to chase (like my mare will chase my dogs until they're out of the pen) so I don't really know what you could do.
     
  5. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

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    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    Oh. Well if that's the case, then I may just have to train them to be separated. Although I hate to do it. :( I guess I have to do what's best.
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I have seen many goats do well with horses -- but if he cant be trained to stop chasing them then he will need to be moved or the goats moved.
     
  7. Mully

    Mully New Member

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    Jun 23, 2009
    Mt Ulla , NC
    I keep a mini donkey in with some nigerians He runs them down every once in awhile and they have fun, plus I think the exercise they get is good. The chances of a horse falling on a goat are slim so I think the worst is over. I do not think they would like the separation.
     
  8. Tyler

    Tyler New Member

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    Apr 26, 2009
    Central Illinois
    Kk. This is the first time it's happened in 3 years. I'll give it some more time, and hope it doesn't happen again. :) Thanks to all ya'll.
     
  9. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    My goats are with the horses. I rotate them around. Sometimes it is the does and then I put the bucks in and remember my goats have horns.

    The only time I have ever had trouble was when my mare was here and it was her first year with the baby goats. She would chase them and try to run them down, so I made sure they were separate, now they are all one big happy family.

    My sister has a goat with her horse. If one is gone the other one goes totally crazy without the other one.
     
  10. House them side by side or try to make a safe zone. A place where the goats can go if need be buth the horse can not. Maybe a pen with no bottom pannel but top and middle etc.
     
  11. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

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    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    This is one of those situations that when it works, it works. When it doesn't, it doesn't. It is really that simple. My goats can go in with my horses, but if the horses ever started to hurt the goats it would have to stop.

    You can never really train the horses to leave the goats alone because you will not be there to monitor them all the time.
     
  12. poppypatch

    poppypatch New Member

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    May 30, 2009
    Montesano WA
    I have a horse who killed a goat. Toggenburg wether. He had lived with the horses for a couple years with no problems then one morning went out and the goat had been kicked in the head and his jaw was completely broken and hanging his ear on one side was drooping down. We had to rush the vet out to have him put down. The vet couldn't believe this goat was even with it enough to be walking around.
    Think the horse was just playing but they are just too big to be playing with a goat the way horses play with each other.

    I would maybe keep the goat in a separate pen next to the horse?

    Shannon
    Poppy Patch Farm
     
  13. lupinfarm

    lupinfarm New Member

    I would seperate them now. My brothers friends mom had goats and her horse killed 2 (i think?) of them one day thinking she was playing. My two does were raised with horses and whenever they escape they try to break into the horse pasture but I'd never let them in there.
     
  14. Trace

    Trace New Member

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    Dec 28, 2008
    I wouldn;t put kids in with horses - only full grown goats.