Goats are curious, sweet and funny. They learn quickly and they are very intelligent.
However, it is not possible to tame them completely. They always remain a bit wild and very stubborn. They do what they want. It is not possible to force goats – they have to want it themselves. With a lot of love and with convincing arguments they can be motivated, then they gladly do a lot of things. To win the friendship and trust of such an animal is something special.
Each of our goats is an individual with great character. They have very different voices and ways of dealing with different situations. I call them by their own names – for what the goats responds very well. No day with them is the same and a smile is guaranteed. However, long nerves are also sometimes required. Every day I learn something new from them and the group dynamics among themselves. At the same time, I also learn something about myself. Animals are like mirrors for us humans. With a bad mood or with time pressure nothing goes here.
The connection with animals is something special. Being out and about with animals in the nature and the mighty mountain scenery is something magical and just feels good. On the way you form a team with the animals. It calms you down and makes you forget the world around you. Goats puts a smile on our faces and in our hearts.
The goats hikes freely with us. The big motivation for them is the delicious food they find on the way; herbs, branches and perennials. Because goats are curious animals, they like variety and are open to discover exciting new places. I only lead them on a leash when it is necessary for them and their safety. They can do that, but do not enjoy it. The beauty of hiking with goats is gaining their trust so they want to accompany us freely. Both people and animals enjoy the adventure together in nature.
If you’re still asking, why goats? Why do you go hiking with goats? Here is the answer summarized in a few key words: Joy, adventure, team building, friendship and to experience nature in an unique way.