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In Reply to: Fat Goat? posted by Lynn on August 27, 2001 at 08:34:02:
My cousin is always being ribbed about his horses being fat. He says "Fat to some is skinny to me". By the way, he has beautiful horses! When the farrier tells me my horse is fat I tell him she's not fat, she's sturdy!
I have a few does that I refer to as "easy keepers"! This could be the same with the doe you're looking to buy. I bought a doe last year that was pretty pudgy by my standards but she has lost weight and looks good to me. She still goes about 175 lbs. I have two more does that eat the same as everyone else but they are a bit on the chunky side. I just watch that they don't overload and eat everyone else's ration.
If the doe you're looking at is grossly overweight it will affect her ability to become pregnant and could cause problems when it's time for her to kid. If you are willing to take a chance on her and stand your ground when it comes to grain rations and treats (sometimes hard to do when they're begging!) you may end up with a wonderful animal. In the long run it's up to you and what you're willing to work for. Hope that helps a little!
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