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Get your goat

Posted by ESC on June 11, 2007

In Reply to: Get your goat posted by Sandee Dummitt on June 11, 2007

: I've heard the phrase "get your goat" came from American horse racing. Racehorses often had goats as stable/stall mates. It was not unusual for the goat to be kidnapped or removed from the race horse's stall in order to throw the horse into a tizzy, thereby potentially ruining his chance at running a good race. Is this a plausible explanation?

I've heard that explanation and actually backed it up at one point with a news photo of the above. A racehorse and his/her goat.