[Jacob-list] foot stomping
patchworkfibers at windstream.net
Wed Oct 6 18:34:53 EDT 2010
Perhaps the word should be respectful rather than afraid. The rams (and
ewes, too) that are afraid of people to the point of overwhelming panic
are the ones that scare me - the ones that will about kill themselves
trying to go over/through a fence rather than get near you and then
decide going through you is the best escape route. As Neal mentioned, a
panicked animal can really do some damage.
A halter broken ram does not necessarily want you to touch him, but he
won't freak out when you do. Dave is a great help to me when handling
rams, but he's not always here when I need help. Having a ram that will
stand tied really makes my life easier. I don't like the slip halters,
probably because I never can get them adjusted correctly and I am so
clumsy I end up with the halter around the top horns and my arm (or my
neck) . I use the llama halters that buckle. I hold the sheep next to a
fence or a barn wall with my leg holding his neck up to the fence and
then buckle the halter. It's easier than it sounds.
im rapunzil wrote:
> This thread has been very interesting and educational to me. I have a
> question though - how can a ram be afraid of people but yet be halter
> broke? Then how do you get a halter on him? Especially with those
> huge horns.......
> / You live by writing your poems on a farm /
> / and call that farming. /
> > From: aztreaz at earthlink.net
> > To: jacob-list at jacobsheep.com
> > Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 09:58:13 -0700
> > Subject: Re: [Jacob-list] foot stomping
> > When I need to go in the wether/ram pen I carry a wooden baseball bat.
> > Never had to use it and I don't threaten anyone with it. I just
> carry it.
> > The ram gets a halter put on to take him to the ewe pen for breeding. I
> > try and not handle him much at all, I don't feed him any treats by
> > except a slice of bread, rarely. I do slip up once in a great while and
> > give him a quick scratch under the chin and tell him how wonderful
> he is.
> > I really shouldn't do that, according to the ram experts, but I do...
> > Cathy
> > Moscow, Idaho
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