Alayne and I had gone out to bring the goats in from browsing the other evening, and noticed as we walked up to the gate that two of the young males were having a grand time sorting out who was top dog ... um, top goat. This was just pure fun. Both boys have been neutered and no girls were in heat. There's just nothing like a game of let's-butt-heads to while away the time waiting for humans to take us back to the barn.
I only had my phone camera with me so I couldn't get any more action shots -- they moved too fast. But while rearing up like this, they visually line the other guy up and then come crashing down, head to head. Sometimes one goat fakes it and at the last possible second shifts to the left or right, just before impact. Other times they'll make a glancing blow, as if both silently agreed to do it just for show. Much of the time, though, foreheads meet with quite a thud.
After several rounds while we stood there, the black one -- named Beethoven, I guess because his mom is Melody and his sister is Harmony and we didn't want to name him Rhythm -- pulled a new stunt and came down on his friend's back. Around and around they went, like a bronc trying to throw a rider:
New Shelter Challenge Begins
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge is underway and runs until October 13. You can vote every day here. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584.
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