Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Alpaca Obstacle Training

Beth and John came out yesterday to work on alpaca training. These alpacas are white Snickers and brown JR, both born last September, making them 10 months old. They will probably both be neutered this fall to become fiber boys. Although I don't know, Snickers looks pretty proud in that picture above.
Next month Snickers will go to the Alma Fair as Amelia's 4-H project, and John will take his black girl, Chin.

This is John teaching JR to walk across a bridge. All of JR's fans should be cheering to see that he appears healthy. He runs and plays and Snickers is his best friend. I think he is going to remain a small guy - definitely 4-H material because he's so people friendly.

Backing between poles

John is teaching JR to go over a jump and you can see Beth and Snickers behind them going over the tippy bridge

The final picture is Beth teaching Snickers to give his foot. Alpacas don't like to be unbalanced so this is quite the trick - and valuable when it comes time for us to have to lift each leg and snip those toenails.


ooglebloops said...

How cute they are!! Definite prize winners on the show circuit!!!

SapphireChild said...

This is just like those Western style trail obstacle classes people do with horses. Cool stuff! Next you should see if you can teach them to joust. (just kidding hehe)

RC said...

wow, definately prize winner material! so so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how fun! What great pictures.

Vtknitboy said...

oh yay! JR looks great! polaris too. u know i love them and chin! woot!

woolies said...

uh oh, the tippy bridge. Very Scary.

WonderWhyGal said...

Thanks for sharing. I hope to have my kids learn along with me so we can show some of our boys in the obstacle portion of the shows besides halter.

I think it's a great experience for children to learn.

Peggy said...

JR's coloring is so gorgeous!!!!! Tell Snickers I have a hard time lifting up on foot as well. :)