Pack Goats

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by Nupine, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Nupine

    Nupine New Member

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    Nov 13, 2007
    South Eastern Ohio
    I don't see a pack goat thread so I made one.
    If you don't have a pack, but would like an inexpensive pack for day trips, I have a suggestion. Outward Hound makes dog packs. We got a new one on ebay from them. They had tons there. It is a light padded soft saddle with three buckles. The buckles even have these padded things that prvent it from rubbing the goat. Then there is a pack that hooks on with a buckle and velcro. The pack has two zippered areas with a divider and key snaps. It has an umprella holder on top. It is black with reflecters. It loks like a goat pack. We got the large for our 110 pound wether. The dog weights do not work for goats. It is very attractive. We got ours for $29.99 which included shipping. It was a much better deal than the $300 goat packs. I hope this is helpful.
     
  2. ohmygoat

    ohmygoat New Member

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    Dec 11, 2007
    is it hard to train a pack goat?
     

  3. el_cabron

    el_cabron New Member

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    Jan 10, 2008
    New Mexico
    Hi. I'm new here. I'm a goat packer with 3 wethers that will be 2 yrs old in March. We go camping and hiking a lot with the goat boys. So far I don't put much weight on them, but they do carry dogpacks with about 10 lb of stuff like water, lunch, etc. I have done a few real pack trips with them also, where they take turns carrying a goat packsaddle and pannier set with about 20 lb of stuff in it. Next fall they will be carrying 25 lb each on wilderness pack trips. The following summer they will be full grown and can carry 40 lb each. When they are doing that, I won't be carrying anything but my wallet and keys! :)

    There is a large packgoat group at yahoo, if anybody is interested.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/packgoat/

    I have a couple of big dog packs that I've modified for the goats to carry. I got them from Campmor for about $25. Here's a pic of one of my guys carrying one of them.

    They are not hard to train for packing. In fact they just ignore the pack. What takes some time and energy is teaching them trail manners, loading and unloading from the trailer, camp manners, and such. They have to be strong and in good shape. But getting them physically fit will get you in good shape too, and it's a lot of fun.

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  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    welcome! Glad to have you with us - thanks for some of that information I know your experience will be helpful to other members
     
  5. Nupine

    Nupine New Member

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    Nov 13, 2007
    South Eastern Ohio
    Anyone else? I am hoping to start up a pack goat club for our area. We have TONS of trails and paths and mountains around our area. It is pretty undeveloped and country. That would also help find good homes and good prices for my baby wethers. :dance: :leap:
     
  6. Suellen

    Suellen New Member

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    Mar 9, 2008
    Paragonah, Utah
    I have started training my 4 month old wether the basics. I started teaching him to walk on a lead when he was about 2 months old. Now I have been working on teaching him to be tied out with me moving farther away each time. We go for walks around different things the scary one was going under the clothesline with the clothes blowing on it. :slapfloor: I think I need to start working with a halter because he is a big boy and is starting to get a bit stubborn at times. I really think he will make a very good pack goat. He is very calm and docile, so far. He is 3/4 Alpine and 1/4 Ober. Dad was an Alpine. He looks more Ober. His 2 brothers (yes our doe gave us triplet boys) look more alpine. We named him Guy but I think the name moose would have worked. I'm getting bits and pieces of information about teaching him the things he will need to know to be a pack goat after the basics. If anyone can point me in a direction I would appreciate it. I will keep you updated on our progress.
    Guy is about 3 months old in these pics:
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    Guy is on the spool and Mom is under the spool

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    Look at that face

    Suellen
     
  7. crazycritters

    crazycritters New Member

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    Oct 12, 2008
    dayton , ohio
    nupine -- were do I sign up :leap: we can be the blind leading the blind :?
     
  8. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    i got the outward hound pack for my nigerians and boers

    it works really well and i trained my wethers in less than three days
     
  9. goatnutty

    goatnutty Active Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    South East,IN
    I might have another use for my weathers now.
     
  10. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    haha i love cruiser.. he is awesome. i may keep him forever if feed bills subside a bit

    but he is a super smart boy and i've had him since he was 2 months.. hes trained to do all kinds of things.. my boer wether.. well.. i think he's going to freezer camp, as much as i love him..
     
  11. crazycritters

    crazycritters New Member

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    Oct 12, 2008
    dayton , ohio
    OK so I hope this is were I am to put this?? still new at this OK i am very interested in learning more about the pack goat can anyone tell me were I might get some good info on this like mainly the training part and how to or is there a pack goat training for dummies :scratch: any help would be awesome I would love to learn more thanks Joel-Rita
     
  12. heathersboers

    heathersboers New Member

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    Sep 5, 2008
    Wilson N.C.
    Believe it or not- I have started my buck Grange -using him for a pack goat! :ROFL:-just for fun though-haven't been anywhere with him yet besides him carrying around drinks, hammers,nails,and small stuff. I use oversized saddle bags that we had left over-they fit his back great and he is carrying about 60 lbs now. It looks so funny though-Ill have to get some pics!!
     
  13. crazycritters

    crazycritters New Member

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    Oct 12, 2008
    dayton , ohio
    we don't have any goats yet (well we have 3 Pygmy's) but that is what I want ,to learn which breeds are the best for this how you train them etc.. before I go and make a decision on what I want to get .
    we have been thinking of getting a couple of larger goats just to have but now they could have a purpose and we could have fun to it looks like so much fun .
    Is there anyone around the ohio area that does this I would love!!! to meet someone that does this...
     
  14. goatnutty

    goatnutty Active Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    South East,IN
    Maybe if I clean Billy up so he doesn't smell so bad...... He might be able to carry quite a bit. Big boer buck = pack goat? LOL!
     
  15. Suellen

    Suellen New Member

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    Mar 9, 2008
    Paragonah, Utah
    HI, Haven't posted for a while. I have been down sick for about a month. I am doing a lot better.
    I haven't been able to do any training with Guy, our 8 month old wether. He is such a sweet heart. A very big and
    strong puppy dog. He hasn't forgotten all the training we did. If you look up to an earlier post I have pictures of him.
    Here are some more current pictures:
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    This is Guy at 7months ..............................................This is Christie his mom
    Both are Alpine/Ober
    We are restarting training. I want to get some training in before winter weather really starts. I don't want to be
    freezing my but off during winter training because neither one of us is use to training. He really doesn't mind the cold
    and doesn't understand why I don't stay out longer to play. I remind him that I don't have a nice warm goat coat.
    He is not sympathetic.

    Suellen