Monday, October 22, 2007

Gunny Alpaca Training - continued

First of all, I'm very pleased to announce that I haven't been spit on since that first day. In fact, the little darling hasn't even made the hawky, throaty noise that is a threat.
Yesterday he wore his halter with a short rope dangling. Even though I worried about him, he also wore it all night.
This morning after his breakfast, I tied him up! Yep, for about an hour. I wanted to use a bungee cord so that it would give some when he did his rearing and pulling but didn't have one. So I rigged up an old elastic trailer tie that I had used for hauling horses around. He did do considerable thrashing but never really got himself into trouble. I could keep my eye on him while I was cleaning the horse stalls, but managed to stay out of sight. I wanted him to think I wasn't involved and he would learn to give to the pressure. And....it worked! When I put a lead on him and released the trailer tie, we actually went for a little walk out side with no rearing and pulling. YEA!
I'll continue tying him up for a couple of days until he thinks our walks are fun.
BTW, that's a picture of his awesome fiber all spun up......
☼ ☼
Pam, look, I put the picture where I wanted it. Thanks for your help!

3 comments:

Gammy aka Peggy said...

Here is to a well behaved alpaca. His fiber is gorgeous!!!!

Pamala Rose said...

Way to go Maple. Now, one of these days, I need to get your picture editting secrets from you.

ingeniouslycreative said...

Hi Maple, your animals are lovely. I know a lady in Wales who raises llamas, please forgive my ignorance, but are they the same thing as yours? Anyway, I wanted to ask you if I could profile you and your art on my blog. I know my readers would be very pleased to be introduced to you and your etsy shop. Just convo me and let me know. Thank you sweetie. xoxo Carol

Map