Last night, when I was at the farmer’s market, I got an e-mail asking about shearing the llama today. Well, considering we are miserable hot, I was thrilled!
I wasn’t sure how I was going to catch him, but I decided it would all work out. And it did! It was super easy peasy. He was lying in a small spot where I could haul a panel and fasten it up and instant llama holding pen! I almost thought it was too easy. And when the goats went out to pasture, I realized why. Llenny got a little stressed when the goats left him all by himself. Luckily I was out there because he tried jumping everything he could think to jump. He hit his head on the rafters a couple of times. He tried going under and through anything. Finally, when he tried jumping the panel and got both front feet through holes, I was a bit worried as I was standing directly beneath him and pushing him back. I was worried he’d break a leg if my baling twine didn’t hold, and I didn’t really want to be beneath the panel and a llama. I tried calling my son, and he said he’d come help. Luckily, Llenny tried getting down and I helped get one foot out. He did settle down after that, and my son stood there while I got more panels and twine and finished red-necking the pen up. Llenny did have one more effort at going over the fence (sorry for the bad cell phone picture), but it was pretty half-hearted.
It wasn’t too long until the Aspen Rayne Ranch shearing crew arrived.
They were amazing! They quickly put a halter on Llenny and led him out to be sheared. I must say, while Sandy was holding him, he was positively snuggling with her! He did me a little too (I might be jealous).
We put him in the stand. He was pretty good for that.
The shearing went well. Worming was no problem.
The feet are another story. It was pretty difficult. He got all kicky jumpy. He fought hard. He knocked the stand down. We called my boy for reinforcements.
I swear to you, my boy is a llama whisperer. He never said a word, but he stood there by Llenny and touched his side. The llama never fought again. Really. On our way to turn Llenny back out with the goats, we did pause, and I offered him a bite of sweet feed. He liked it! I think I just found his treat food. Maybe he’ll really snuggle with me if I give him treats.
Well, after he forgives me for today. He still hasn’t gotten past the cranky llama ears.
I hope they will come back next year because they were amazing!
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Sharing with Saturday’s Critters and Camera Critters.