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Re: Goat Blankets
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Posted by Red on June 23, 2001 at 12:31:29:

In Reply to: Goat Blankets posted by Jenn on June 19, 2001 at 10:37:31:

I agree it can be chilly in Ohio at times.I live in Zanesville and our fair is in August.I had my harness goat chaved for the fair.(even thought it wasn't necessary.)I have made two blanckets for my two goats. They are winter blanckets and are made from a material that is a little bit insullated. All you do is measure around your goats barrel,(don't go all the way around since the blancket dosn't have to touch under the goat's belly.)the length of your goat(from the base of the neck to the hip bones.)After you cut your material to the correct size(it should look like a rectangle when folded in half. Oh, you will want the material to be folded when you cut the neck hole.Remember to leave about a inch for hemming)draw a slightly curved line from the back part to the chest part for the neck, then cut.(Don't cut to much.You would be surprised how small the hole has to actually be.)Put the blancket on your goat and see if the neck hole is big enough.(When you hem the neck part the hole will get a little bit bigger.)When you are happy with the hole size hem all the way around your blacket.Next add two strips of nylon straping to the chest part,attaching them to one side only.(one near the top and one near the will have to burn the ends of your nylon with a match every time you cut it to keep it from fraying.)Use "D" rings attached to a strip of nylon witch is attached to the blancket on the other side to hold the chest part together.(This way you can adjust the straps as your goat grows.)
Also attach two straps to the under belly part. One right behind the front legs and one a little bit in front of the back legs.(Watch that you place the back strap up far enough that it won't interfer with the goat when it walks.Also watch that it is out of the way for the males so they don't pee on the strap.)Use the same technique for attaching the straps to the belly part as you did for the chest ones.NOTE: pull the front under belly strap snug so the blancket won't fall off the goat.However leave the back strap loose enough so it won't irratate the goat. I hope I told you everything and explaned it well.Have Fun!Red



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