Getting Someone’s Goat

Personal development is about having fun. Sometimes when we get heavily involved in our personal development we tend to get too serious. I would like to share some fun facts with you to brighten your day. And if you like what you read here, I would appreciate you coming back to the top of this page and retweeting it. I check my retweets and will do the same for you if I find value in your tweets.

The expression “getting someone’s goat” is based on the custom of keeping a goat in the stable with a racehorse as the horse’s companion. The goat becomes a settling influence for the Thoroughbred. If you owned a competing horse and were not above some dirty business, you could steal your rival’s goat (it’s been done) to upset the other horse and make it run a poor race.

Have fun,


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane Araguel August 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

When I saw the title, I just had to read it no matter what. Great message Michael. Goats seem very friendly. Thanks! 🙂

Michael Berry August 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

Yes they are very friendly. One of my summer jobs was to round up goats on a horse. I thought it would be great but they kept getting under trees with low hanging limbs and I had to constantly get of the horse and chase them out. They were pretty smart.