As much as we love goats, though, even we can’t deny this fact: nobody appreciates the goat as much as the Bolivians.
As Bolivian parents tell their kids: “Snitches get stitches, but if you tattle, you might wind up with a goat hoof rattle.” This mantra is meant to demonstrate the value of spying on one’s peers for the benefit of authorities, because everyone wants a goat hoof rattle (and parents always want to get to the bottom of whatever mischief their kids are getting into). What’s a goat hoof rattle (or goat hoof shaker in some circles)? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a rattle made from the hooves of goats. Which is basically a bunch of goat toenails tied together and rattled (or shaken) to make a pleasant din. As you can see in this Smithsonian Folklife video, the second guy from the left is playing a pair of ’em about two minutes into it.
Oh, don’t make that face! I’ll bet nobody’s lining up to make musical instruments out of your toenails, are they?