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Showing Your Goat
Saturday, April 28, 2007
3. Legible tattoo: Make sure your goat is tattooed properly and
that the tattoo is legible.
4. Trim feet regularly & check them weekly.
5. Make sure your goat has a shiny hair coat: deworm regularly.
6. Vaccinate on a timely basis: Sick or stressed goats don’t show well.
7. Discipline your Goat: Discipline must be positive, balanced, firm,
loving; not Draconian and not spoiled rotten.
8. The goat needs to know what is expected of it in the show ring.
This is accomplished by consistent practice [at home].
9. Shows are won in the round pen at home practicing day-after-day in a Positive and balanced manner. Show wins are only a demonstration of what has been accomplished in the round pen at home.
10. When practicing at home try to duplicate the activities and noises that your animal will be confronted with in the show ring, i.e. radio, loud noises, dogs barking, loud music, car engines, etc.
11. Build trust, confidence and love between you and your goat and it will perform for you in the ring.
12. Talk to your goat before and during the show just like you do at home in the round pen. Build a strong bond of trust so that when you take the lead chain your goat knows exactly what to expect and trusts you to lead them through it.
13. You can see the result of this positive relationship in the sparkle in their eyes and in their bearing and demeanor in the show ring. Some animals are easier to train and bond with; others require more work.
14. When in the show ring always keep your animal between you and the judge. Never get between your animal and the judge. The judge needs to see your animal; not you.
15. Never walk behind your animal; always walk in front of it.
16. Maintain an interval in the ring between you and the goat ahead of you of at least one length of your goat.
17. Maintain this interval whether on the move or stopped in line.
18. When on the move walk slowly regardless of what the other exhibitors are doing. Note: Look down, if your feet are moving, you are moving too fast.
19. Be aware of your surroundings in the show ring. Some rings are not very level and others have holes or pockets in them. If the judge stops the line and your goat is in a hole move forward or backward until your goat is level and properly displayed.
20. Stress of being hauled long distances in the trailer, strange surroundings, and different noises all play a role in how well your goat shows. Try to duplicate your goat’s home environment as much as possible with fresh water and feed. Give the goat special attention and spend time with them.
21. Don’t be nervous. You do that by being confident. And
Confidence is built in the round pen at home. Confidence building is what we are doing here today.
22. I talk to my goats all the time. Talk to yours!
23. I use a slim lead chain so that when I get my goat set up I can make their neck appear longer. You can buy one at any pet store or Wal-mart for a few dollars. You need to give yourself every honest and fair advantage possible.
24. I don’t cut off their tail hair, I comb the tail out to make the goat look longer. You need to give yourself every honest and fair advantage possible. Whacking off their tail like a paint brush makes your goat look unnatural.
25. Don’t drag your hand across your goat’s back and make it dip in the middle. Tink the loin will do fine.
26. Grooming for show. Be well groomed. Sometimes well groomed may be the only difference between first and second place winners.
27. Grooming for show begins the day your goat is born. A crucial part of grooming is handling your goat. Do everything you do to this animal, shots, milk, bathe, clip, trim feet, etc. on the milk stand.
28. Handle them gently but handle your goat, rub and touch it everywhere from day one.
29. A Shiny hair coats are created “from the inside out.” Show hair coats are fed onto a goat over time with a balanced grain ration, good hay or pasture and plenty of mineral and fresh water & regular deworming. And suitable shelter. It is NOT accomplished with fancy expensive sprays.
30. Trim hooves about every two weeks to keep your goat in show shape.
31. Body clip about one week before the show so any mistakes will grow out by show time and your goat won’t look “fresh clipped” or skinned.
32. Bathe your entire goat with a mixture of antibacterial liquid soap and a squirt of strong iodine.
33. Set up your goat. Note: To myself: Demonstrate this with a live animal during training sessions.
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