A Cautionary Tale About Goats and Halters

| 4/17/2015 8:41:00 AM

Windy Meadows FarmAhhh, spring in the Midwest ...

Three weeks ago it snowed several inches.
Two weeks ago it rained several inches.
Last week it was practically perfect in every way!

Which was great, because that's the week the vet was making his annual farm visit to look over our goats. The children were on spring break, so they tagged along to watch and learn. This year for 4-H, they're taking the goats as home projects and wanted to be able to ask questions and lend a hand.

spring goats

Our vet began by examining the two smallest ones ... GB (Goat Boy) and Tardis (any Dr. Who fans?). He slipped the halter on them one at a time, looked each over, answered questions from the children, and then administered the goats' annual CDT vaccination.

Next up was Glowbug ... as soon as the halter was slipped on and secured, it was obvious he was in distress. He began kicking and swinging his head, he was desperately trying to get away from us. Always a gentle goat, I knew something was wrong. His behavior wasn't typical at all ... he's always friendly with strangers and has worn a halter in the past.