Step 4: The Restraint
For the restraint that will hold the small goat's head take the two 30" pieces and place them about 3 1/4 inches apart (you will have to judge this by the size of your goats). Place one of the remaining 10" pieces under one end of these and the other 10" piece can be placed on top. (Note the picture above, with restraint laying on the platform) Secure them in place with the 1 1/2 inch screws. Now place a coffee can (or something else round that is the size you estimate your goats head will fit through) on top of the restraint and trace around it, then use your jigsaw to cut out the circular patten you traced.
My goats have horns and I did not think the restraint design above would work for me, so I altered it. I placed the 30" pieces about 5 inches apart and lowered the 10" pieces to about 14" from the bottom. My goats are 17" and 18" to the shoulder so I figured that would allow them to lower their heads into the feed bowls that will be mounted on the goat house wall at the right height for them to feed on while being milked. I will also be placing a hook to attach their leashes to help ensure they remain restrained. (Hey they are goats)
Not shown on the finished photos is the top latch I will be adding to help restrain their heads also. I will be making it so the latch can be raised to put their heads in and then lowered to restrain them. I will add another photo when this part is complete.
Now attach the constructed restraint to the platform at the head of the platform to the 2X4 frame. I added a piece of scrap 2X4 wood and a 1X4 to the bottom of the restraint to add more stability.