Farmers around the world witness funny animal behaviors on a daily basis— but most of them can agree that no animal is as quirky or funny as the goat.
Goats are naturally curious and independent creatures— traits which can lead them to mischief. In fact, Susan Schoenian, sheep and goat expert, told National Geographic that out of all the livestock animals she’s worked with, goats definitely exhibit the oddest (and funniest!) behavior.
In this delightful video, you see a trio of baby goats interacting with an extremely placid horse.
When the farmer spotted their antics, he couldn’t help but record! Luckily, he did, so now we can experience the adorable moment for ourselves.
In the video, you see Mr. G. the horse lying down, trying to relax.
Unfortunately, the three goats seem to have a different plan.
The tiny creatures jump around, kicking dirt in his direction, and trying to climb on his back. Laying there in near oblivion, Mr. G. barely even reacts.
I think the contrast in their behavior is what makes the video so funny. On one hand, we have these playful, energetic goats jumping around and causing a nuisance. On the other, there’s calm, ol’ Mr. G., simply ignoring the world.
At one point, one of the baby goats even climbs on the horse’s back— but still, he does not react.
Maybe he’s enjoying the mini, goat massage?
The whole interaction is adorable to witness, and since being uploaded to Rumble, it’s been viewed more than a million times. People can’t enough of this livestock friendship— but horses and goats get along better than you’d think!
Goats and horses can’t share diseases or primary intestinal parasites, which means they won’t get each other sick. Both are also herbivore, herd animals who grow lonely without a pal.
Goats and horses get along so well, some racetracks even have goats to keep the racehorses company! The Arlington International Racecourse, for example, houses more than 60 goats alongside their racehorses, the Chicago Tribune reports. Trainer Bette Gabriel said:
“The practice of keeping a goat in the stall with a nervous horse has been around for a long time, probably as long as there have been racehorses.”
“In most cases … the relationship is more one-on-one, and the horse and its goat are inseparable for life.”
That’s exactly what happened to 13-year-old Coaster when he met Buttercup, a goat rescued from a meat market. Coaster had recently moved to Legacy Hunters and Jumpers, a stable in Washington State, and had been experiencing anxiety. Hoping to calm his nerves, the owners adopted Buttercup— and the two have been best friends ever since.
“It’s hilarious to see a goat nestle up close to a great big horse, let alone a goat with Buttercup’s waistline. They’re so cute together,” said Elizabeth Kerron, a trainer at the stable.
“[They] are almost inseparable. The only time that they are apart is when Coaster is being exercised and ridden.”
So, maybe Mr. G. wasn’t as miserable as he looked in the video— maybe his trio of goats was having a calming effect. What do you think?
Watch the adorable moment below!
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