KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Madison Man Turning Heads With Fainting Goats

Bookmark and Share

When it comes to owning pets you've got the usual cats and dogs, but one rural Madison man and his family are becoming pretty popular in their community for their selection of four legged critters.

"They're really easy to care for. They're not an athletic animal as well...as you can tell,"laughs Marlon Overholt"

Meet Garth, Toby and Brad.  These three mulching mowers are Marlon Overholt's trio of Tennessee fainting goats.

"These three are pretty much just pets...like dogs,"said Overholt

Marlon's had dogs before, but four years ago, he wanted to try something different.

"The kids wanted to get puppies...Puppies grow up to be dogs....we already had three dogs, so I decided to get three Tennessee fainting goats instead,"said Overholt.

Even though they are called fainting goats, they're fully conscious, it's just when they get spooked they freeze up and they're back to normal.

"When they're kids they will actually fall over and they are down from 15-20 seconds,"said Overholt

When they get older, they don't fall over anymore. Instead, the goats just freeze for a little while and then slowly gain mobility back. Overholt claims it doesn't hurt them, it actually does the opposite.

"It helps build up their muscles in their body. They claim it's good for their heart. Our kids tried to keep them healthy when they were little,"laughs Overholt.

Marlon's daughter remembers giving these "kids" a workout.

It was hilarious! I'd never seen animals do that! It's not as funny as them tipping over like when we first got them but it is still funny,"said 11-Year-Old, Makayla Overholt.

So funny infact, Marlon wants to get 20 more sometime soon. But while that figure might make some of you a little light headed too, Marlon says they're actually a pretty easy animal to care for.

"They're cleaner than a dog. Other than that they eat grass while dogs,don't,"laughs Overholt.

Trading a few canines, for a little kidding around and a front row seat to some knockout entertainment.


< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
Someone You Should Know Archive

Massage Therapist Reacts To Prostitution Arrest  story with video

It was a little over a week ago that an employee at ...

SFPD Looking For Casino Robbery Suspects

Sioux Falls Police have released pictures of two ...

SDN To Buy Sioux Valley Wireless

SDN Communications announced today its intentions to ...

Grain Elevator Collapses In Egan  Dec. 18

Teen Allegedly Holds Girlfriend Against Her Will  Dec. 18

Mankato Man Recovering After Severe Brain Injury  Dec. 18

Body Shops Around Sioux Falls Are Backed Up  Dec. 18

New Manager Named For SD State Fair  Dec. 18

KDLT News Archive

USD Women set school record for points  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. – The South Dakota women's ...

Balanced attack leads SDSU over Arkansas/Little Rock  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D. —Freshman Ellie Thompson (Chaska, Minn ...

Marshall, Jacks win in OT

LOGAN, Utah – George Marshall scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his ...

Bos hits game-winner for Coyotes  story with video  Dec. 18

Weber enjoying first job as a head coach  Dec. 18

Johnston knows tough schedule will help  story with video  Dec. 18

St. Pierre gets 3rd All-American award  story with video  Dec. 18

Nagy excited to have Marshall  story with video  Dec. 18

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top