Sunday, November 18, 2007

Yes, that collar makes you look fat

As you can see by my pictures we have a little too much good food going around here. If I am going to breed the does this spring I am going to have to do some serious rationing. This summer I finally got 2 complete acres fenced for the goats to enjoy and enjoy they did! Huckleberry, elderberry, salal, and grass too. Who ever said goats aren't grazers have never met my goats. This is the first year we haven't had a horse in the pasture and the grass has grown in thick and lush. Fancy, my son's 22 year old pony lost her battle with reoccurring colic about his time last year and I have vowed after having horses all my life to not own another horse until I can call the vet in the middle of the night and not think about how much it would cost me. We had her since she was 3 and it was so hard to see her go. So no more horses.......unless......I have, someday, grandkids nearby.
So all goats are on a diet. I will harden my heart and not look at their pleading eyes. I know they need to lose lots of weight before spring and if I could haul my treadmill out there they'd be on it.
So wish me luck, or them luck.


deconstructingVenus said...

he he. you have fat goats.
is it from an overindulgence of grain, or just your awesome horsey pasture? i've wanted a horse my entire life, but the prospect of their financial drain on our resources makes me sick to my stomach. maybe some day...

goatgirl said...

Probably a little of both. They really live on air because I don't feed that much. Right now the leaves are falling and they are eating those too. I am feeling like they will never lose. They are still fat!
Horses have become so expensive to maintain. They eat,eat,eat so you are constanting in the process of buying hay. Vet bills are at least 400 a visit. I say wait until you are at a point in your life that you can enjoy them. I would find a stable and take riding lessons when I didn't have a horse and needed a horse fix. That is a much cheaper way to be around horses and someone else pays the vet!