Llama Obstacle Courses are good clean fun! Llamas are llamas and are different from any other animals. Llamas on an Obstacle Course is really fun for a llama event, llamas, llama owners and handlers as well as spectators have a wonderful time with theses!!
TRAINING FOR AN OBSTACLE COURSE
The idea of an Obstacle Course is to teach the llama to go over and through items that it might find on the packing trail. It also shows how much the llama has been worked with and how much it trusts it's owner.
This is a fun class that is usually put on at most llama shows. 4H kids love this class and most if not all of the kids will enter it with their llamas.
Practice and practice and practice for this class. The more time you spend with your llama, the more the llama will trust you. Take your llama over and through all the safe and stable items you can think of, not just the ones you are used to seeing at the shows.....you never know when a new piece is introduced. By teaching your llama many different types of items it will trust you when a new piece comes up on a Llama Obstacle Course at a show.
The tarp is usually a typical blue tarp. It can be hanging or flat on the ground. If it is hanging your llama will need to learn to walk through it, as in have it touch their face and body as it flows over them as they walk calmly under it.
If it is on the ground, the llama is expected to walk right up on it and walk calmly to the end and off the tarp.
Sounds so easy.......believe me, practice both of these scenarios in the wind and see how it goes.
The water puddle can be a real puddle, depending on the weather or if there is a hole and hose around; it can be a child's wading pool, or a tarp in a depression in the ground with water added.
Many times the llama owner will have to walk through the water with their llama.
If you own a horse trailer or great big box practice loading and unloading your llama into it. You may be asked to send you llama in, but most of the time it is a "follow you in" kind of obstacle for the llama.
Usually made with a real log, or a pile of brush. But can also be a pyramid of large PVC pipes cut to 4' lengths. The llama just needs to hop over it. There may or may not be two or three of these of these jumps on the course.
OK, here's a good one. This is usually a person dressed as a clown in very loud clothing walking a small dog. The dog may or may not bark at the llama. The llama is expected to walk by the dog and weirdo.....not run from or not go up to them.
This is usually a PVC Tunnel built tall enough for a person to walk through, about 6' long with streamers of one type or another hanging to the ground or at least a couple of feet from the ground. The llama is suppose to walk through without fear or without messing with the streamers.
The idea of the streamers is to represent grape vines.
SETTING UP YOUR OBSTACLE COURSE FOR YOUR LLAMA
When setting up your course keep in mind that the llama will need some room between each piece for striding. You pieces for a llama will need to be set up at further lengths then for a dog or goat but not as far away from one another as you would for a horse.
Make your course fun and non tedious for your llamas. You do not want to have jump, jump, jump, jump. You might set it up to be a Jump, Water Puddle, Jump, Weave Polls, Jump, Jump, Streamers (grape vine). If you shake it up a bit (change your course from time to time), not only will it be more fun for the llama it will not wear them out.....jump, jump, jump, jump can be tiring for animals.
LLAMA HEALTH AND GROOMING FOR COMPETING
LLAMA AGES FOR OBSTACLE COURSES
PACKING LLAMAS OBSTACLE COURSE SET UP
You might set up a Packing Llama Obstacle Course a little different then a course set up for llamas without packs. You will need to remember that their packs will stick out to the side further then the llamas that are not in packs.
more to come
HARNESS LLAMA OBSTACLE COURSE SET UP
Many times an Obstacle Course for harness animals is mostly set up with orange traffic type cones. It will involve manipulating around cones set up for the harnessed llama to pass to the right and to the left of the orange cones. The animal might also have to back up into or within a set of cones with 3 or 4 cones set parallel on two sides giving the llama plenty of room to make small mistakes.
more to come
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-- The Working Llamas Team
Sun, 26 Apr 2009 14:09:08 -0400