Bella Rosa-2009-2019

My favorite goatie, Bella Rosa, has passed on to be with her other goatie friends. She was an African Dwarf Goat. We woke up and she could not stand and later she died in the stall. There was no drama and she passed peacefully. Ten years is old for a goat. We noticed her slowing down the last few weeks but she even ate some grain and fresh grass on her last day. I think her body just gave out.


She was very friendly and even let us dress her once a bee costume for Halloween one year. It was a child’s costume but the belt to hold on the costume was too small so I had a friend make a Velcro extension to go around her Buddha belly. Too cute!

We miss you Bella Rosa! The barn is not the same without you. For such a small creature, you leave a big hole in our hearts.

Latest addition to the barn-KOKO the horse!

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Koko-just before loading into the trailer

Wow! First, last month in September we get the baby goats, Pumpkin and Iris, to add to our other goaties, and now we get a horse!

After my other horse, Bri died 4 years ago, I wasn’t sure I wanted another horse as the hole in my heart was as big as the horse and wasn’t sure I could go through that again so I had converted the corral into a giant pumpkin patch.

Fast forward to last month when a friend emailed me about Koko needing a home. Her owners who had lived in Nambe moved to town and Koko was being pastured at a neighbor’s place and they needed to find her a home before winter. So we went out and looked at her. She is a beautiful little 2-year-old black and white philly. She is considered a ‘pinto’  with her black and white coloring and is not registered. Pinto can refer to the coloring of a horse and not necessarily the bred and Koko is a mixed bred. I have always wanted a pinto horse, loving the colors and patterns they come in. In my mind’s eye I could see her in our corral even before I got her.

All week long I’ve been converting the giant pumpkin patch back into the corral and yesterday, our new friend, Nick, came over to help put the finishing touches on the corral before we all went to pick her up.

After finishing prepping the corral, Elodie, Chelsie, Nick and myself went out in their truck/horse trailer to pick up little Koko…

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Nick tries loading Koko to no avail

It was challenging to say the least to load her in the horse trailer as she wasn’t use to getting in a horse trailer and was totally trailer shy. It took us over 3 hours to get her in it. I tried a few times-no luck. Nick tried the second time-no luck. Nick tried a few more times but still no luck. After that her owner, Steve tried multiple times-no way!

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Chelsie finally got Koko into the trailer.

After many, many, many times of no go, it was Chelsie, our neighbor friend’s daughter who was finally able to coax her into it using Pat Parelli’s (a horse whisper) training techniques.  We got her in  the corral at home right as it was getting dark. She is very loving and sweet, only needs some training and attention. I can’t wait to start using Pat Parelli techniques that I’ve learned and had trained Bri with once I get my roundpen up again on Wednesday.

Koko in the morning in her new home happily eating her breakfast.

Koko in the morning in her new home happily eating her breakfast.

This morning she seemed very happy in her new digs. It feels good to have a full barn once again. Please welcome Koko!

New additions to the family!


I don’t know where I got this farming thing cause I grew up in a city but I really love having a mini farm or as I say a ‘artisan farm’ on the edge of town. Four years of attrition, losing 8 animals (all but 2 were geriatric—1 horse (colic), 3 dogs (old age), 2 goats (old age) and 1 cat (old age) and 1 more goat (bloat) is sad enough. Two new baby goaties have been added to the barn. They are about 1-year-old bringing our total to 4 goats. It feels good to build up the farm again. Nothing worse than an half-empty barn.


The other two are Bella Rosa and Hunwee, the 3-year-old African goaties.


The new goaties pictured above look like baby deer or antelope to me with their tall skinny legs and fine bones. They are a cross between a Lamacha goat and another goat-father unknown.  Pumpkin is a orangy-brown and Iris is tri-color with predominately black white markings. Iris has a face like, well an iris. They are built very different from the short squatty African goaties.


Pumpkin likes to stand in the food bowl while she eats. I’ve even caught her sleeping in the food bowl but didn’t have my iphone at the time to take a pic.


In fact Pumpkin likes to eat all the time. Soon she will outweigh Bella Rosa!


Iris has a markings on her face that remind me of an iris. I think she is very beautiful. Notice her very small elf-like ears which are a Lamacha goat trait. Very different from the large African goat ears.


She is the most shy of the two new goaties and cries if separated from Pumpkin even if only for a moment. They are sisters and are inseparable.


Here are all the girls together. The white goat in the background is Hunwee, next is Bella Rosa with the big bat ears (she is all black except for the most gorgeous white teeth!) In the foreground are the two new baby sister goaties, Iris and then in front of her is Pumpkin.

Please welcome Iris and Pumpkin!