Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Senate - days 4 and 5

Saturday when we went out for shearing, Logan also worked with Senate. She is getting much easier to catch, which is nice. He tied her to the fence for 10 minutes or so to let her calm down and then he started walking her. This is the first time he'd really walked her. She fought and jumped around for the first 5 minutes or so but Logan was patient and she lost interest in fighting. She then walked next to him pretty nicely for about 15 minutes. She would tug or stop every now and then but really she was being very well behaved. It is amazing after only working with her 4 times she is to this point.

Logan looks like he is in a zen sheep zone here.

We went to work with her again today but I didn't take any pictures. We didn't tie her to the fence at all, just went straight to walking. It went really, really well! She is learning to walk with Logan. We also practiced stopping and getting her to stop next to him and starting like you would do at a show. She should make a really good show lamb. We'll go back again Friday and get her used to be felt up by judges.

I thought this was going to be a long struggle but it is going so quickly! And she is eating real food now so we can start giving her treats which will make things even easier. I'm so glad we decided to do this, we both have so much confidence now about getting our own lambs someday.


Twinville said...

Such FANTASTIC news, Christy!!

Way to go Logan!

Sometimes all it takes is a little patience and love. Something that your special Logan seems to be very good at.

Christy said...

He's a pretty incredible boy if I do say so myself. He's always been an animal person and it is really starting to show.

Erikka said...

what exactly are you trying to teach this sheep?

Christy said...

We are trying to teach her to walk calmly on a lead, to stop and pose a certain way and to let judges feel her without her moving. All the things a lamb has to do in a show. Logan won't get to show her but we're trying to get practice on what to do.

Anonymous said...

Good job Logan and Senate. Those are good pictures too. I like the one on top too.
It is impressive that only 4 times she is behaving so well.
Good luck with it all.

Kathryn and Ari said...

Hooray for Logan and Senate! He's a natural, and she seems like a sweetie. I think they're a good pair.

Erikka said...

ah, a show pony! I mean, lamb. :)