Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch open after facing challenges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you haven’t picked out your pumpkin, you still have time and you can go hang out with some goats while doing it at one local patch.

That is Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch in Rio Rancho.

“In addition to doing the pumpkin patch, all year long we run a goat-raising operation. We are partnered with the State Forestry Department. We have over 300 goats and take the goats almost every day down in the bosque. So, we do forest management, fire mitigation, basic vegetation management and weed management,” owner Max Wade said.

Galloping Goat has been around for nearly two decades. Earlier this year, the farm has faced some challenges that directly impacted what they do.

“At the end of the winter, a pack of dogs that were out of their yards attacked and killed 30 of our goats,” Wade said.

Though it was an unfortunate loss, Wade says they’re back on track.

Now, many of their goats are making an appearance at the pumpkin patch.

“We pick the 30 or 40 nicest ones. [They’re] the ones that like to be around people and they get to be around people, love on everyone and get treats and have a good time,” Wade said.

While the weather was a problem last year, this season has been nice. They’re hoping it stays that way as their season wraps up on Halloween.

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