Even now in some countries they are being used to carry loads, small children, wood for burning, their uses never end. From Victorian times until the start of World War 2 in England, the goat and its chaise was a popular sight around the seaside towns especially on the South and East Coasts. Used for the half penny ride and also as a photographers tool, unfortunately the goat and the donkey were much abused.
The Harness Goat Society was formed in 1986 to encourage the use of a working goat, pack or driven and to make sure no cruelty was involved.
All breeds of goat of either sex can be trained, but the Society recommends a disbudded or polled castrated male as being the most suitable.
More information and pictures on the HGS website: www.harnessgoats.co.uk
Further information from the secretary:
Mrs Angela Rickerby, Meadow Court Farm, Alfrick, Worcester, WR6 5HY
Tel: 01886 832294