The Alpacs Are Here

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Yes, we picked up ‘the boys’ Saber and Tonka yesterday.

It made for a very, very long day. Two women, twin 5-year olds, my old truck and her old horse trailer journeyed to Taylorsville to adopt two alpaca geldings.

As I suspected, my herd of horses lost their minds at the sight and scent of these foreigners on their home turf. We decided to put the alpacas in their stall for the night. The thought was the horses would get used to them overnight.

I got to the barn this morning and NO ONE greeted me. All three horses had their heads in the corner of the stall, butts to me. The old mare was trembling with terror. I felt like a monster, as if I were torturing her. Once we moved the alpacas to the round pen, it took 5 minutes to coax her out of her stall.

The horses went down-wind of the alpacas, where they circled, snorting and blowing. I encouraged them to come closer, which the young mare did. But the old mare hid behind the old black gelding.

This is just day one, so I’m not going to get discouraged. This will take weeks. Eventually, I’ll be able to turn them out together. Just not today.


One thought on “The Alpacs Are Here

  1. Al G. Mccoy says:

    While stallions and mares often compete together at horse shows and in horse races , stallions generally must be kept away from close contact with mares, both to avoid unintentional or unplanned matings, but also to minimize their instincts to fight one another for dominance when in the presence of mares. When horses are lined up for placing at shows, handlers keep stallions at least a horse’s length from any other animal and do not allow their horses to touch noses with any other animals. Stallions can be taught to ignore any mares or other stallions that are in close proximity while they are working.

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