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Thanks, Nancy.

About the milk.stand, we have two. And we cannot pull, push, drag, force the two big bucks into them. However this is the one the vet Techs broke his leg a second time forcing him into a cattle shoot. He fell/slipped and that's when he broke it a second time. I am afraid too much stress or force on this goat could damage the leg again. But I will try the blindfold and sling idea. Thanks, all.
No, you definitely can't force a big, ornery goat onto a stanchion if he doesn't want to go, and it's dangerous to both him and you if you try (as you well know from the one that broke his leg). But training them to step up willingly is easy and fun if you take a few minutes to work with them for just a few minutes 3-4 times a week. All it takes is a little grain and a little patience. I had one very clumsy buck that didn't like to go on the stanchion because he was both uncoordinated and afraid of heights (a goat that's afraid of heights--how can this be???). I could persuade his front feet up using treats, but I had to tap his hindquarters or hind legs with a riding whip to make him understand that I needed ALL of his feet up there, and to convince him to move them. It took a couple of weeks before he was decent at getting himself into the stand, and he was always pretty nervous while he was up there, but at least we could get it done for those times when I really needed him to be restrained. Getting him back down was always at least as interesting as getting him up there. That goat did not like "heights"!

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