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Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby Roon » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:40 pm

My lovely wife just bought 2 milk goats at the county fair. I am looking forward to fresh milk, cheese, etc. I saw an Internet article from a guy who packs his goats. He says they can carry 40-50 lbs each. With that weight load, I don't have to carry anything. Has anyone actually seen a pack goat, or any other pack animal other than horse or mule?



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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby Rockchucker » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:47 pm

Yes I've seen goats and Llamas. There is a guy on another site that has several goats well outfitted for packing.
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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby maverick » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:57 pm

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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby oldranger » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:19 pm

Seen it in the eagle cap. They were loose herded and cut switchbacks. Wasn't impressed.

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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby Ikan Mas » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:29 pm

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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby oldranger » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:45 pm

I see Ikan's pic indicates they were loose herded as well. l don't like that except in exceptionally difficult terrain.

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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby sekihiker » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:47 pm

Fifty years ago when rules weren't as strict, we took a kid goat on a hike into the Kern headwaters where we ate him. He didn't always stick to the trail, but when he was off-trail he was so nimble that his impact on trail condition was negligible. For a trip report go to: http://sierrahiker.home.comcast.net/~si ... index.html
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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby Tom_H » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:35 pm

sekihiker wrote:Fifty years ago when rules weren't as strict, we took a kid goat on a hike into the Kern headwaters where we ate him.


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Knew about Lamas, but goats is new to me.

My daughter is an engineering major at Cal Poly and was big on the robotics team in HS. One thing I'm sure of-by the time she's my age they'll have robots to carry your pack and probably robotic power assist devices to support and give a bit of extra power output for the knees and hips. :clapper
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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby intrek38 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:06 pm

No robots should ever be aloud on trail, IMOP..

Here's a thread from that other site..
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=80391
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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby Rockchucker » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:23 pm

intrek38 wrote:No robots should ever be aloud on trail, IMOP..

Here's a thread from that other site..
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... d_id=80391

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Re: Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby sekihiker » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:33 pm

intrek38 wrote:No robots should ever be aloud on trail, IMOP..

Yeah, even with lots of seasoning they probably wouldn't taste that good.
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Anybody ever see goats used as pack animals?

Postby wanderin.jack » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:19 am

I've read elsewhere that mtn lions love the idea if goat being used as pack animals.


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