Co-Habitation and Regrouping

The horses, cows, llamas, and rams have been living together for the past month.  This week we opened the gate and let the cows and the horses out to pasture together. It was literally that simple as they had no trouble finding the way. The horses kicked up their heels and went running. The cows wasted little time finding the hay and getting down to the business of eating.

We'll leave them together for now and re-group them once shearing is over. By then we'll be grazing and the cows can go back with the main flock. The horses will come up to the yard, where they're close enough for us to work with regularly.

The llamas are still with the rams but we would like them to go back out with the flock too. Since neither llama leads really well, (Allen and I tried to lead PJ one time and vowed we wouldn’t do so again) we’ll wait until shearing when we can bring the flock to them. 

If you remember Cheerio was having trouble integrating when he first arrived.  The guard dogs were giving him a hard time whenever he tried to come near the flock. So we pulled PJ out and set the two llamas together in the paddock with the rams hoping for them to grow familiar with each other and give Cheerio some much needed support. We see them together all the time now. The guard dogs know PJ so I’m hopeful that after an initial period of re-adjustment when the two llamas get back to the flock, that this time the dogs will accept Cheerio right along with PJ. Sometimes trying a different approach helps animals accept things they refused previously.

We also have a ram with a bad front foot that needed tending to.  I gave Cajun the job of collecting the group and penning them up at the shearing shed so we could take a closer look. It’s jobs like this that help this dog the most. He works the best when there is a job at hand over when we’re out for training. The rams foot is injured, swollen and infected. The infection is sitting well above the claw. We doctored the foot, gave the boy a shot of antibiotic and let him be. He’ll recover alright.

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