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Guide to Halter Training - Stage 4: The Lead-Rope

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 request by standing behind them, slightly to one side. If I want them to go right, I stand to their left and vice versa. If I want them to stop, I move forwards slightly to their shoulder. I am pretty sure this all comes from a Marty McGee workshop or book. Marty is a genuine alpaca training guru (rather than a time pressed hobby farmer!). I use a small pen and have three alpacas in their at a time so that they don't freak out.

The Blitzkreig Approach to halter training (see previous posts) misses this stage out completely but I think from my sleep-deprivation-addled memory that it reduces the am-drams of stage 5 considerably.

Repeat this stage as often as time allows.

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