Size isn't necessarily everything. My littlest guy has heart like no other, he is always ready and never balks. But yeah, not all llamas are pack llamas.
Forgot to add that I was listening to the last podcast today while stacking some rounds and got excited to hear you say that you were finally taking the time to try some llamas out. Cant wait for the episode to come out!
So no different than any other pack animal. We have horses, but they are not mountain stock. Fine trail animals, but high altitude packing in grizzly country? No way.From what Beau said, some llamas are not worth taking as a gift. He has spent years sorting and building a line of pack llamas that are bigger and more stout than most of what you see. Not all llamas are bred, built, or trained for mountain packing. His stories of experimentation make me skeptical about renting, buying, or accepting as free, any llama that is not proven in the mountains.
Yes, that was in one trip. I struggle to see how a person could be loaded on a llama.You say the two you took hunting packed out an elk no problem. Was that in one trip? In an emergency could a person be loaded on a llama?
I think that is great advice. Beau would say the same thing.For those of you that think you want to buy llamas, work out a way to try before you buy, preferably on a serious excursion, not around the pasture, and keep in mind that nobody sells their best stock for less than premium pricing, and for most renting will work out better in the long run, (although having your own is very gratifying, like that solo point by a bird dog you trained yourself).
He just rents them. He is trying to build his herd each year to keep up with demand.Does Beau actually sell pack llamas or just rent?
I see. One of the things I like about horses is the ability to carry a person, but it sure sounds like llamas are less labor intensive.Youd destroy the animal trying to pack out a grown man. 60-70 is a normal load. some can do 110 for shorter distance. most likely thsy would freak out if you tried to put a man on them. some can be saddle trained for kids. but its asking alot of them, imo.
They arent big friendly dogs, lol. I too found them to be a bit aloof at first. Over time, with trust, their personalities came out. And they are all different. One is kind of needy, he likes personal attention. 5 minutes of hand feeding him the exact same hay thats in the feeder and hes a loyal guy. I have one that will work for you and is easy to catch and halter but really has no interest in being petted or even talked to. One was my biggest problem when I first got him... someone told me "be the biggest spitter n the heard" and told me to get a super soaker. One day early on he was getting real pushy and generally being a jerk so I unloaded the soaker on him. He went to the other side of the pasture for a few hours to think on it and now hes my best guy. He runs to me, he wants to be scratched. he'll go anywhere I ask him to without complaint and doesn't really tolerate BS from the other three.And I have one thats frankly an a$$hole. Hes just standoffish, likes to bugger up the works any chance he gets. I'd get rid of him if I was a little less heartless but these four grew up together and I just can't break them up....yet. The three remaining would be fine I figure but it'd be cruel to him to separate him from his herd. Hes a great example of not all lamas being created equal. His conformation is perfect and he was raised exactly the same as the other three. One of them is his half brother. But he just doesn't want to do the work. that "want" seems to be the thing that matters most. I'm giving him another year to settle down and fall in line and then I'm gonna have to make the tough call I think.I've always thought of Llamas as not being as social as a horse/mule/burro can be, but I may be wrong. I suppose that's on a case by case basis? I've been around them and they were hard to read, and seemed, well a bit aloof?