Ideas For Restraining Goats

I don't know how many of our readers are of the rural persuasion but I need some suggestions. I need to completely restrain African pygmy and Boer goats for hoof trimming and medication applications. Any suggestions that would work for both sizes of goats and be very inexpensive? I am unable to handle them alone just by tying them up. They have too much maneuvering room! Thanks to all.

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Cheryl from Yellville, Arkansas

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April 25, 20080 found this helpful

Take soft rope and tie their front legs together then overbalance them and tie their hind legs together with the front legs. Cover their heads with a blanket,t hey won't fight so much if they cant't see. Also if you have a gate that closes against a wall, back them in the corner and close the gate until they can't move and tie the gate to the wall.Hope this will help you.

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I can tell you. We have had goats off and on for years. You need a "milk stand" they are usually used for milking but also for hoof trimming and any other medical or cosmetic reasons. You can build your own stand. There are free plans on line. I don't know if you can make one that will work for both breeds. It is also much easier on your back! hope this helps. God bless you!

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