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Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: forgotten intro? Now Packgoats

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  • Dawn Harkins
    Wow, Rat, excellent information, thank you so much!! I ll be checking all this out. Dawn in Tahoe ... __________________________________________________ Do You
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 3, 2006
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      Wow, Rat, excellent information, thank you so much!!
      I'll be checking all this out.

      Dawn in Tahoe

      --- Rat <hogn8r2004@...> wrote:

      > 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
      > tethered.
      >
      > 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 hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "dawnhark"
      > <dawnhark@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Rat"
      > <hogn8r2004@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I love my goats, Tweedldee and Tweedldum,
      > >
      > > Well, this is fascinating! I don't hunt, but I
      > have been attracted
      > to
      > > the idea of goat packing for quite some time now.
      > Hey, I love
      > animals--
      > > 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
      > the
      > > winter--is it expensive? And do they need much in
      > the way of vet
      > care?
      > >
      > > Can you tell me about any possible restrictions on
      > using goats?
      > Are
      > > 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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