The Peahill Farm is home to several myotonic goats. These goats are a rare breed and also go by the names of Nervous Goats, Stiff-leg Goats, Wooden-leg Goats, Fainting Goats, and Tennessee Meat Goats.
Myotonic goats faint when they get nervous or excited.
If you’ve never heard of this breed of goat before, there are a few interesting facts to know, according to MB.MTD.TV:
- They have a genetic condition called myotonia congenita.
- Myotonia congenita causes the muscles of their legs to paralyze and stiffen up for about ten seconds, which results in the goat collapsing. So they don’t actually faint, but rather cease to have the use of their legs momentarily.
- The temporary condition causes them no harm. That is unless they fall from a distance. This goat was just fine.
The owners of The Peahill Farm wanted to see if their fainting goats, Ricky & Lucy, would like to play with an exercise ball after they viewed other YouTube videos of goats having fun with them.
Stated the owners:
Their first impression wasn’t a good one. 🙂 We ended up bowling for goats. Many have pointed out that they’re ready to play soccer. When you want to exercise but…nope. Mannequin challenge.
WATCH these adorable critters in action.