The term 'get your goat' originates in horse racing. Horses of a highly-strung nature were often accompanied by a goat (or a sheep). It was a way of calming a horse down, especially a thoroughbred horse, before a race. Legend has it that rivals and crooks deliberately betting against that horse, would steal the goat, resulting in the horse being upset and less able to race.

When someone uses the phrase 'that really gets my goat', it's a suggestion that someone or something has caused them to become irritated. It may or may not involve kicking, and will likely not have any reference to farm animals.

Since I was born in the year of the horse, and am slightly high-strung myself, the term seemed apt as the title for my blog.

Enjoy my well-meaning rants on the little injustices - as I see them.