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Hey! I'm a first time goat shower and I was wondering how do you prep them before the show? Mine have big bellies and I know you're supposed to cut and ration their food and water a couple days before the show, but exactly how many days before hand and how much food and water to give them?
EDIT: Also how much weight do they lose on the trailer? I'm aiming for one of mine to be in a certain class and he's a couple pounds past the max weight ((Max weight for the class is 97, he's 99-100 after eating)), but in the past with my lambs, they've lost weight on the trailer so I'm not too worried about it, I just want to know if there's a rough estimate on how much goats will lose on the trailer so I can make sure he won't be too heavy for the class. The trailer ride will be about 20-25 minutes and the show is on the 24th, if that helps at all. Thank you guys!
 

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Watch the cutting of water intake. I really disapprove of anyone limiting water- sorry but that is just cruel.
Exercise helps the muscle tone and water actually helps the muscles to develop.
Can you do practice runs of trailer rides to determine how stressed your goat gets and any weight loss? Then you can feed accordingly and adjust his calories etc.
 

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That would actually be a great idea, the only problem is the show is in about 9 days and I don’t want him to lose too much weight. Yeah, I know I should’ve planned this out earlier, but the original plan with him was to get him into a heavy class and bulk him up really good, but he wasn’t gaining enough to do good in a heavy class and when they finally told us the weight limits and divisions a few days ago, I realized that the goats he would be up against, he’d have no chance at so now I’m back tracking my original plan for him lol. Good news though, I halved his feed and cut out his supplements and he already has lost two pounds (He has to at least lose 3 more, preferably 5 more though), so I think he’ll be good. Hopefully at least. I haven’t restricted water and I agree with you, it is cruel and I doubt I’ll have to anyway because he’s not a water hog.
 

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Oh, and he’s still eating a good amount too. When the plan was to bulk him up and get him heavy, he was on 4 pounds of feed a day and 3 fattening supplements and free choice alfalfa, I just took out the supplements and am giving him 2 pounds of feed a day now and a handful of alfalfa.
 
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