Cardinal Hill "Fainting" Goats

Cardinal Hill Goats

Cardinal Hill Myotonic Fainting Goats is the best place around Central East Texas to buy the cutest and healthiest Tennessee Stiff-Legged goats, Fainting goats, Scare goats, Myotonic goats,  etc. 

We currently have two bucks and twelve does.  Our farm is located in East Texas, just south of the town of Centerville.  Centerville is on I-45 about sixty miles northeast of Bryan/College Station, home of the Texas A&M Aggies.  Please read the section below for the history of Myotonics and check our "For Sale" page for current goats we have on the market.  Our webpage will be kept updated as needed.  


Myotonic (Fainting) Goat History

Myotonic goats are called by many names such as: Fainting, Nervous, Tennessee Meat, Tennessee Wooden-Leg, Scare, Tennessee Stiff-Legged and Stiff.  These names are given to them because of their frequent episodes of muscle contractions that cause them to fall over or have their legs stiffen.  This condition is known as Myotonia Congenita and it affects the goats when they are startled or excited.  This does not actually cause the goat to faint but is a muscular phenomenon that is unrelated to the nervous system.  The degree to which this effects individual goats varies from those that show stiffness consitently while others rarely show it at all.  The breeds history has been traced back to some time in the late 1800's when an itinerant farm laborer named John Tinsley arrived in Marshall County Tennessee supposedly from Novia Scotia.  Tinsley brought with him one buck and three does that displayed this stiffening tendency.  These goats gradually became well known throughout the region.  They were more muscled, great breeders, and easier to keep penned than other goats.  Over time they were more and more appreciated by farmers and the number of Myotonics began to increase.  If you would like to read more about the amazing "Fainting" goats, go to the Wikipedia web page at: