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LeaningM
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« on: August 19, 2012, 04:05:13 PM »

One of our show does has a terrible habit of pawing the ground.  Normally I wouldn't think much about it but it is very irritating to have set up in the areana looking good and then she starts up.  Any way to break this very annoying habit????
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Sally P
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 05:48:35 PM »

Haveu checked that hoof carefully to make sure it's okay? 
As to stopping her---I would just walk her out of the lineup and turn her back into the line.  That's perfectly okay to do and sometimes it helps those restless goats.
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LeaningM
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012, 09:39:40 PM »

Yes, I keep her hooves trimmed and a close check on her feet & legs.... I think it is just a little quirk she has - been doing it since we got her
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 05:51:38 AM »

Sounds like horses behavior to me...horses will do that when they are bord standing and waiting for the judge to get to them...a tap on the shoulder with the toe of your boot sitting in the saddle stops a horse, but don't' let the judge catch you doing that...with goats, as Sally mentioned if it's ok to do in the ring, then I'd do that...but maybe a gesture with a gentle finger poke or a soft word spoken, will take her attention away from that.  Practice to see what works at home prior to the show ring. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 11:53:13 AM »

  I have several does that do it.  Teh ground can be clean and clear but they still paw at the ground. 

  It does not bother me at all, they are just making their beds.   Sleep
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 03:19:03 PM »

They make their beds in the show ring? I bet the judges love it when the goats go to sleep in the middle of a class! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012, 02:34:41 PM »

 Laugh   i can not believe I missed the show ring.   ROLF

  Maybe I better go to  Sleep and get more ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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nancy d
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 03:47:03 PM »

They make their beds in the show ring? I bet the judges love it when the goats go to sleep in the middle of a class! Grin

You betcha! One time a 9 mo old layed down on me. That wasnt too bad except she was too heavy to lift.
Somebody else dropped to her knees the moment she passed the judge while entering & continued walking on her knees for a few yards.
"Well, I dont have to check her udder now, I can see it just fine"
This one was in a deep sleep when I woke her up I to drag her out to the ring. Roll Eyes 
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