Saturday, 2 March 2013
DIY Alpaca Husbandry
OK, the last time we completed Alpaca manicures, we had the Alpaca Woman with us. She and Husband got the Alpaca on the floor and I clipped the nails. All of the Alpacas were shorn in Nov/Dec and had their needles, teeth and toe-nails done. We had noticed that a few have already gotten long nails again, so Husband and I decided we would have a go with one of our quietest Alpacas - KayJay.
KayJay is renown for cushing as soon as she is haltered, so we thought we would at least have an easy time of doing her front feet. No, KayJay refused to cush. So Husband tried to carefully pull her down, as Alpaca woman had shown us. KayJay let it be known that this wasn't at all what she wanted and filled my hair, neck and t-shirt with a huge mouthful of spit - I was the dopey one still holding onto her lead.
Husband got her down and I held her there while he fumbled around getting the clippers out of his pocket. KayJay saw the opportunity and stood up with me still hanging over her back, I slipped down to the floor still holding her lead, and in a second I was dragged through the pen seeing the girls from a completely different angle. Vodka stopped KayJay by spitting at her (thank goodness), and then I could finally hear Husband shouting 'let go!' and released the lead. Madam KayJay then stood covered with spit, droopy mouth from spitting whilst I got up and dusted myself off. I grabbed her lead again and walked her around the pen, and then unhaltered her as though that was all we were intending to do anyway - so we ended on a bright but somewhat smelly note.
It was only afterwards that I realised how lucky I was that KayJay hadn't reared on me whilst I was on the floor. Husband and I decided to think up a new plan to complete the manicures (maybe two men are needed to hold the Alpaca down?). If anyone would like to share the tricks of the trade, it would be greatly appreciated!! :)