How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Todd Your Own Question
Dr. Todd
Dr. Todd, Large Animal Vet
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 754
Experience:  35 years of experience
Type Your Large Animal Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Todd is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

why do Montana Mountain Goats butt heads so hard, that their

Customer Question

why do Montana Mountain Goats butt heads so hard, that their hooves fall off?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 7 years ago.



I'm going to guess at this one.


The damage to the hooves (cracking, breaking off) may be secondary to the impact of the head-butting. When the rams brace themselves for the impact, their hooves may dig into the ground. When the tremendous impact occurs, the hooves do not flex a great deal. Instead of bending, the hooves may crack. If the crack is deep enough, the hoof may fall off.


Dr. Todd

Related Large Animal Veterinary Questions