We are now raising myotonic goats in addition to our horses. Myotonic goats are also known as Fainting Goats, Tennessee Fainting Goats, or Tennessee Nervous Goats. When startled, myotonic goats "faint." They don't lose consciousness. In fact, the still can chew their cud or bleat pitifully. Their muscles seize, however, and they fall down. As the goats get older, they become more adept at staying upright, freezing in place or walking stiffly instead of toppling over. They can still be made to faint, however, if they are frightened enough.