Friday, July 18, 2008

That damn goat

Awhile ago I was watching my friend Phebe's animals for her, just the dogs, cat and goat. I mentioned that I could look after the horses sometime. I never mentioned that I am a little bit afraid of them. They are so huge to me after having sheep all these years. I figured I could come around and get used to being around a horse and then when she needed help I'd be more at ease. Well the need for help came before I could do anything else. This is something I have wanted to do so I said sure I can do it. Yikes what was I thinking.

I went over to her house before she left and went in the corral with the horses and it seemed easy at the time. I really should have gone when she was feeding to see how you manage to get the get the gate open and carry hay and not let the horses get out at the same time. There are 2 sets I need to feed. First is a mom and baby I think you call them a mare and filly. Well to compound things when I tried to feed them the goat kept trying to butt me. So I ended up just throwing the hay over the fence. I am not very courageous am I. I ended up doing the same thing in the corral with the 3 other big horses. I think when she gets back I will have to spend some time over there so I am a little more comfortable. Of course I was a little paranoid that I hadn't closed one gate secure enough so I go back in the backyard and the goat comes after me again. Yikes this is going to be a fun weekend. I may have to call it 'attack by the killer goat' by the time I am through.

We went to a baseball game with our minor league team the Chuckars. They built a new stadium and this was the first time we had been there. What a difference! Although the team lost it still was a nice outing for the four of us. I am having a bonfire for the full moon tonight. It should a nice night for it, The moon looked really incredible at the game last night.


KaiBlueCreations said...

Aloha Kate,
I'd take a small dog chain(goats eat leather and anything else) of some type, slip about the goat (while he's eating a huge carrot you just gave him) and tie him to the fence while tending to the horses.. that's what we did with my mum'
She had Shetland ponies and they have far more attitude then the Clydesdales. You'll find the bigger the horse, the gentler they are :) and you're so good with animals... They will love you.
Give them an apple or carrot too..
PEace n good luck, Kai

Gemma said...

Sounds like you've been having fun!
:-)...At least the goat isn't wet and you don't have to carry it!
Can't believe it's almost time for you to go to Taos. I am thinking of you and hope it is the most
fantastic trip for you!!!!

Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

Is there a way to fence the goat while you see to the horses? That's a big job and you're very sweet to help out. I think corralling it would make the job easier and you won't be stressed around the horses. but then what do I know?
As Gemma said I can't believe your Taos trip is coming soon. It seems just yesterday you were talking of manifesting a way to go!! I hope you'll take loads of photos.
I'd still like to buy some roving from you one day!

Shopgirl said...

What a great story...I had a little giggle...I am not a horse person. I love to look at them, but thats about it. I wanted Goats really bad, so we got two. Arney make a wonderful place for them to live.....then it happened, they got out. We chased those darn Goats all over Nampa...we must have looked really out of control. The end of the story is...we gave the Goats back to the lady we bought them from....Not one of my better times.
Your, Mary

Anonymous said...

Attack by the killer goat is right! Sounds like you had a hard time. If that goat wasn't there. Ekkkkkkk!
Love horses though!!! Such beautiful creatures!!! Thanks for sharing with us Kate!