I was at a SSAWG Conference in Florida a year or so ago and we
wound up at an Ag. Experiment Station test plot, where there were two of
the most beautiful, fit and healthy horses I've ever seen running and
playing in an adjacent pasture. There was a goat (with horns) in the
pasture, running with these two gorgeous horses. I commented to the
SSAWG Board Prez on the exquisite grace of these horses, and that the
goat was obviously having a ball in there with them. He said to me, 'You
know why that goat's in there, don't you?'. I said, "No--Why?". He said,
'The goat is in there to protect those horses. Otherwise wild dogs might
get in there. The goat being there keeps them away. They won't come in.'
As I remember now, he said it had something to do with the goat's horns.
Now, I have to tell you that this was also the biggest goat I've
ever seen. And, of course, it was quite healthy and had its horns. I am
about 5'9" and this goat came up probably to my ribs. Not one of those
little cute short breeds. This goat would have been taller than any dog
I can think of, except maybe an adult Great Dane. I have no idea what
kind it was.
I realize some folks may disagree but FWIW, I thought I'd pass
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