Wow, Rat, excellent information, thank you so much!!
I'll be checking all this out.
Dawn in Tahoe
--- Rat <hogn8r2004@...
> Keeping them isn't really a huge undertaking. They
> really only need
> about 10 X 10 (per goat) and a covered paddock to
> keep out of the
> elements and stay warm. 10 X 10 is a bit small but
> if you have
> packgoats you will be constantly taking them on
> trips to keep them
> in shape and in trainning, so they will get plenty
> of exercise.
> It is better to have two, they keep each other
> company and hike
> better this way also.
> Boarding shouldn't be expensive, especially compared
> to Llammas or
> horses. And proly less than for a dog :)
> Vet care can vary, of course, by how well cared for
> they are and
> what they eat. They are naturally curious and will
> get into
> anything, so accidents will happen. The best remedy
> is to have a
> clean place, no wire or old junk cars and stuff
> around. Things to
> look for when choosing a boarding pasture would be
> if it is a nice
> place or all junked up. Keeping their hooves nice
> and clean and
> trimmed is about the extent of regular care for
> short haired goats.
> Long haired will need to br sheared periodically and
> even short
> haired can be brushed or sheared after they begin to
> shed their
> winter coat.
> There are several State and Federal parks were goats
> are not allowed
> due to the communicability of a few diseases with
> the wild sheep
> population. There is no list, you just need to call
> ahead and plan
> accordingly. Some will allow them if they are
> Renting goats is pretty big business out west.
> Planning a trip with
> an outfitter would be the best way to get familiar
> with the way to
> do it and wether or not you will like it. The
> Packgoat list group
> are a good bunch of people and will welcome just
> about anyone who
> wants to try goat packing. They have regular
> campouts like we have
> here and that would be a good place to make
> connections. And you
> don't need a goat to attend :).
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dawnhark"
> > --- In email@example.com, "Rat"
> <hogn8r2004@> wrote:
> > >
> > > I love my goats, Tweedldee and Tweedldum,
> > Well, this is fascinating! I don't hunt, but I
> have been attracted
> > the idea of goat packing for quite some time now.
> Hey, I love
> > if they carry my stuff it's an extra bonus.
> > I would have to board them, I have no land and it
> snows here in
> > winter--is it expensive? And do they need much in
> the way of vet
> > Can you tell me about any possible restrictions on
> using goats?
> > there places they aren't allowed?
> > And is there any way to, uh, like get to know some
> actual goats?
> > Dawn in Tahoe
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