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So this may be a stupid question but has anyone used a pack goat around Christmas as a Yule goat? I have a now 6mo toggenburg wether that I am starting to train as a pack/cart goat and this Christmas I may be helping Santa deliver some gifts with him if his training is still going well. The harness I have is red and I'm going to get some sleigh bells to put on it( still have to introduce him to that) but, I would like to find some sort of pack basket to add to it. The only thing he will carry is maybe some cookies or candy for the kids...so nothing heavy since he will still be so young. I did find some pics On Pinterest of what I would like Toby to look like. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Amazon sells some trappers pack baskets. They are woven, maybe you could use something like that. Also, look for 18th century pack baskets.

If you have any Amish basket weavers around, they could probably make you a small set, they have larger baskets they use on horses when they go beaver trapping.
 

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Ok, this is THE MOST fun idea, and I hope you share photos when you get your goat all decked out! Have you checked thrift stores? You never know what you'll find sometimes, and some near me usually have a big assortment of baskets for cheap. You might be able to find something that could be retrofitted without much trouble.
 

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I second the thrift store basket idea except that it might be hard to find two that match. I'm sure you can find cheap wicker baskets of all sizes and shapes at Hobby Lobby. I'm thinking small wastebaskets would be about the right size/shape and you might even be able to find something like that at Walmart.

If your goat has horns I recommend wrapping them for the festivities. Even the gentlest goat can accidentally poke a kid in the face if he turns his head at the wrong moment. Our goats attend the annual Yule Log Festival in Beulah every Christmas and we put tennis balls on the tips and then hold them in place with festively colored vetwrap spiraled around the horns.

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Thanks! Finn and Sputnik help drag in the Yule Log every year and are quite the celebrities. They've even made the news a few times!

Wrapping the horns not only protects folks who accidentally bump into them (very easy in a jostling crowd!), but it also makes the horns very visible so people don't crowd too close or bump against them to begin with. It's much easier to notice when a goat starts turning his head and there's a candy cane horn coming your direction than if it blends in with the dead trees behind it.
 

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Amazon sells some trappers pack baskets. They are woven, maybe you could use something like that. Also, look for 18th century pack baskets.

If you have any Amish basket weavers around, they could probably make you a small set, they have larger baskets they use on horses when they go beaver trapping.
We do have a lot of Amish communities around here so I may check with them. I also saw pack baskets on amazon but the ones I saw were around $150 a basket...right now I really don't want to invest that much just in the baskets because I would like to get some sleigh bells .
 

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Thanks! Finn and Sputnik help drag in the Yule Log every year and are quite the celebrities. They've even made the news a few times!

Wrapping the horns not only protects folks who accidentally bump into them (very easy in a jostling crowd!), but it also makes the horns very visible so people don't crowd too close or bump against them to begin with. It's much easier to notice when a goat starts turning his head and there's a candy cane horn coming your direction than if it blends in with the dead trees behind it.
Toby was disbudded so I don't have to worry about that but I just love the look of your goats with the candy cane horns.
 

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Wicker baskets in several styles:

https://www.target.com/p/wastebasket-light-weave-tan-threshold-8482/-/A-16675317

https://www.target.com/p/household-essentials-medium-willow-waste-basket-natural/-/A-51397429 (also found this one at Home Depot)

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Household-Essentials-6-Gallon-Seagrass-Wicker-Waste-Basket/15387121

It would be very easy to take any pair of these and strap them onto either side of a goat harness. Just make sure the saddle/back strap on your harness has a good rigid pad to protect your goat's spine.

I got some really cheap pleather sleigh bell door hangers at Walmart a few years ago from the Christmas aisle. They won't be out for a couple more months but they work perfectly for hanging on either side of your harness. I want to say they're about 15 inches long and maybe 2 inches wide with six or so bells. They're very pleasant-sounding and they were only a few bucks each.
 

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Our Walmart already has the Christmas aisle out, next to the Thanksgivimg and Halloween aisle! I guess they want this year over quickly, too! o_O

I laughed so hard (rofl) at your decorated goats! Not that they are funny, but that they were decorated so cleverly! :wow:
 

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Love the goats there! The vetwrap is inspired!

I second the thrift store basket idea except that it might be hard to find two that match. I'm sure you can find cheap wicker baskets of all sizes and shapes at Hobby Lobby. I'm thinking small wastebaskets would be about the right size/shape and you might even be able to find something like that at Walmart.

If your goat has horns I recommend wrapping them for the festivities. Even the gentlest goat can accidentally poke a kid in the face if he turns his head at the wrong moment. Our goats attend the annual Yule Log Festival in Beulah every Christmas and we put tennis balls on the tips and then hold them in place with festively colored vetwrap spiraled around the horns.

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I second the thrift store basket idea except that it might be hard to find two that match. I'm sure you can find cheap wicker baskets of all sizes and shapes at Hobby Lobby. I'm thinking small wastebaskets would be about the right size/shape and you might even be able to find something like that at Walmart.

If your goat has horns I recommend wrapping them for the festivities. Even the gentlest goat can accidentally poke a kid in the face if he turns his head at the wrong moment. Our goats attend the annual Yule Log Festival in Beulah every Christmas and we put tennis balls on the tips and then hold them in place with festively colored vetwrap spiraled around the horns.

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They are so cute all dressed up!! The tennis balls and vet wrap idea was genius!! : )
 
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