New handling tools tested!

I ordered a new selection of handling tools from the lovely Julie at Carthvean.

Inside the parcel was a TTEAM clip wand. I tested this today and found it really improved the speed with which I can attach the lead rope around the neck and in some ways therefore does reduce stress for the alpacas. The only thing I found was the alpacas were very wary odf the wand going over the head. It did make some of them quite jumpy. It makes the whole process so much faster though I think in balance it is a fantastic tool for handling nervous animals. In a couple of day time it will be interesting to see if we have progressed further than today. I hope they will get used to the wand going over their heads and hopefully we can move towards the next step.

Slowly, slowly.

I would love to hear your experiences handling your alpacas.

After training feed

It may be getting cold outside but training continues.

We are progressing slowly with the boys although my intention is to get out there everyday so we make faster progress. I’ll be buying more equipment soon. A couple more lead ropes for training more than one alpaca and some tape to create a lane walk way down our track. When we have these we will be able to move forward in big steps.

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The boys all enjoy some hay after a hard session of training (that’s 5 minutes each!).