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September 17, 2017

This year's National Alpaca Expo is being live streamed so there's added pressure on the show team for good behaviour in the ring! Due to the horrendous weather, halter training this year was more of the Blitzkreig Approach then the 6 week Marty McGee method so we...

October 5, 2014

Today the team got to walk down the drive and around the house with unplanned hazards at every turn: The Entourage, dogs supposed to be locked inside but released by said Entourage, curious neighbour with Jack Russell (twice - on her way out and back), neighbouring far...

October 4, 2014

My last five days of intensive halter training for the team has turned to custard due to factors beyond the control of even a working mother...the weather. Thursday and Friday aborted. Today, Saturday (one day until we drop them off for transport to Christchurch) and b...

September 29, 2014

So all the others in the show team have made the gate and back...but Jazz (Princess Jasmine) as I suspected from the start has become my problem child. Maybe I shouldn't have pushed her as we had a major freak out today - very platoonesque. Back to basics for this one.

September 27, 2014

The moment of truth...will they walk to the gate and back down the race on their leads, a distance of about 10 metres? Bella - didn't even look up from the bucket. Romeo - a little more cautious but made it all the way there and back. Prince Naveen is so small and meek...

September 26, 2014

Next up we get hands on to get them familiar with either judges (show team) or kids (pets) molesting them. By now I have shifted them into the slightly bigger pen for their lead practice. I keep four alpacas in the pen at a time so it doesn't become too open a space an...

September 21, 2014

Excellent session with the crew today for many reasons. Firstly the fresh air cleared a post-wedding hangover. Secondly they all accepted the lead without ANY issues. Not one Ghandi (a paca that responds to the lead by just sitting down and refusing to move). Nor did w...

September 16, 2014

The quality time with the crew paid off. Today we sailed through The Bucket, The Hand, The Halter and were able to move swiftly onto The Lead-Rope. In this stage I use a long lead rope and place it across their backs and follow them around, encouraging them to move on...

September 14, 2014

Things didn't go so great today as due to the commitments of My Other Life I had not been near them for a few days. I had a few struggling with me when I popped the halter on, most notably one of our show entries Princess Jasmine. I got my first kick of the process fro...

September 7, 2014

Big day today. Their first time with a halter on. I use my arms and body to block them up against the wooden fences in the pens, and then hold them there by gently leaning on them, meaning I have two hands free to put the halter on. Princess Jasmine was a bit feisty bu...

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