Pack Goats ?

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by RowdyKidz, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio
    I raise Pygmies and am in 4-H and am planning on taking a pack goat project this year. Would I be OK if I used a nice sized Pygmy approx 22 1/2 inches at the shoulder (grade goat)? Or should I have a standard size goat? I was just going to use one I already had since I can't have any standard size goats. :roll:

    And any tips on showing/training a pack goat would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    It should be fine as long as you keep the pack weight around 50% of the goats weight. and you will prolly have to modify a pack. other than that I dont know anything bout showin sry.

  3. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I am absolutely positive that you can train a pygmy for pack! Those sturdy solid goaties are stronger than you think :wink:
  4. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio
    I figured but I'd rather safe then sorry! Thanks!!
  5. sparks879

    sparks879 New Member

    Of course! They just cant carry as much as a full sized goat. Goats can usually manage about one third of their own body weight when properly conditioned.
  6. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

    Sep 20, 2008
  7. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    lol of course you can.. the only issue i see with it is with them being so barrel shaped..

    I've trained 3 or 4 nigerians to pack.. i bought two kinds of packs to train them,a little saddle pack that goes over the saddle horn to start them, and the packs that people buy for dogs .. works great

    don't go over 35% of the body weight.. and to start them just use a small weight ( like.. two pounds) and then gradually increase it