Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Halter training (picture heavy)

This evening my partner and the kids took part in the ever fun halter training of the lambs. I try and get all of my lambs introduced to halter work before they leave, although I warn new owner that it is a work in progress, and something they will have to keep doing. This year I had quite a few leapers, although a couple of the boys also really behaved well which was nice.

This is Wilbur by far the best behaved of the bunch! He has what I suspect are small scurs which I thought was quite interesting.

And this is Winston another well behaved ram lamb who only assumed the napping position once on his walk.

Dixie did not like the experience at first....

although she got the hang of it eventually.

Diana thought that lying down and being petted was actually the aim of the game. Now if someone could bring her out her hard feed it wouldn't be a bad life.

Wallace threw himself around like a banshee until finally understanding life was better with 4 hooves on the ground.

Delia did pretty well and even tried some cookie.

Dakota didn't think much of the whole experience.

We even brought Jaqui out to show them how it is done. As a yearling I am hoping to show her this year. She is very solid, and has a beautiful fleece under that coat. On the plus side she also remembered her leading lessons from last year.

So that was this evenings fun. Now I'd quite like a nice glass of wine. All of the lambs will be leaving in the next few weeks. I will miss this group and their beautiful fleeces. I also have a couple of grown up sheep leaving for various reasons. But I have 2 new lambs joining my flock that I am very excited about. Now about that wine...


  1. Congrats on having homes for ALL your lambs! I'm still working on that. Two down, three to go (with one staying here for the time being)!

  2. Thanks Michelle :) I always breathe a little easier when they have homes. I wish you luck selling the the black sheep gathering. I have found the NASSA sale site a really good sale resource too. Oh did you enjoy the book? :)

  3. I should sign up for the NASSA Sales Site again; I did sell one sheep off that two years ago.

    YES! I finished the book and was going to write you another note about it! It was very absorbing (it's been ages since I read anything like that for fun), and I ended up staying up too late several nights because I didn't want to put it down. Thanks again; I plan to give it away in a blog contest of my own this summer so someone else can enjoy it, too.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed it even with the late nights :) And what a great idea to pass it on.

  5. Lovely Lambs, Shula! I haven't even started halter training mine yet...

    Round two in a couple weeks!