Post by amberkicksbutt on Mar 24, 2018 19:13:05 GMT -5
I have tried to keep up on socialization of my little goat babies. I spend any where from 10 minutes to an hour or more everyday. They have frequent /regular visitors. They are almost annoyingly lovey-dovey. The other day, I had one of the doctors I work with and her friend come over for new people to be introduced. Momma and my boy absolutely refused to come see their visitors. My littlest one was *all over* them. And I tried everything, sitting w it them, bringing them over, feeding near the visitors. Nothing. They weren't upset or scared. They just found any opportunity to not be around. The second they left, I sat down and all three ran to me. They made complete liars out of me, those boogers. I snapped a pic as they were running towards me. I can't figure out how to post it. 🙄
People will try to entice livestock up to fence lines and try to steal or feed them something. Sometimes just to pet them but what happens is they learn to stand up on fences and push them over. I try to not socialize my herd to help protect them and my fence lines. Plus to keep people from trying to feed them junk foods and anything they can offer to get them to come up to them. If my herd heads to a fence line I'm right out there seeing who is messing around with my herd. I have caught people in the past and I know that they think goats are like house pets and can be given things that will actually make them sick. Now if I want someone petting the goats they go in with me after being told what to do and what not to do if need be. Or they can come up to a spot by my barn and stay on one side of the fence while the goats stay on the other. I prefer that because I don't want anything tracked into their area like CL from dog crap. Another reason is because of an incident where someone came to visit and the herd was following me in a fenced area. The visitor reached out and grabbed or put her hand around my Queen goats horns or behind them and the goat pulled backwards. The goat thought she was going to be restrained by a stranger or the person hurt her because that is like walking up to someone and pulling their hair right off the bat. Then the person looked at me at said "I should sue you". Then I said " I think it is time you left". Then the person asked if they were being thrown out and I said " I just asked you to leave because I saw what happened and you were not hurt." Now if someone holds on to something pulling back in my opinion they should let go if they feel it is hurting their hand.
I hope from my post above to give the other side of the coin on socializing goats with visitors. I also have a commercial herd with flashy genetics that attract people like moths to a light. Yet my herd has not been exposed to things like fairs and shows. Some of the older ones have been through auction sales where they use shock sticks to move cattle. So I learned that I had to be really careful with who I let near my herd as they are not socialized in the way that 4H or show goats are socialized.
I see why some owners like Amber socialize their goats. The shows look like an opportunity to connect with other people with goats that have a similar interest. Most of what I have been to is events where goats are moved in sale and slaughter channels. We don't generally even think about a goat being socialized. If I buy one it is one that I can help and it learns to trust me. If the goats are going to be around a lot of people especially ones who do not own livestock in a petting type situation I can understand wanting to get them to trust everyone and socializing them. It is not for my herd but I think good for 4H type animals.
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2018 3:39:54 GMT -5 by GoatGuru