Goats were once used as companions for horses: Although it is no longer recommended, goats were once used as close companions for racehorses. Horse trainers believed goats had a calming effect on the horses, which would help the horses prepare for a big race. Likewise, the term “Get your goat” is thought to have originated from the practice of stealing a companion goat of another horse so as to liken your chances of doing well in the race.
“Did you know” will appear every Monday through December to celebrate a fun goat fact in celebration of the publication of Raising Goats Naturally: A Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More.
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