“What do you mean I have to stand here?”
I could see those exact thoughts running through Fiona’s mind when she was tied to the wall learning about the halter. I wanted the cows to be tame enough to stand tied and respect the halter enough so they will be safe to work around if they need medication etc. so I tied them up,one up at a time for 10 minutes, once per day. Calf Halter training may not be easy, but it pays off in safety for them and you in the long run!
I would sit there for those ten minutes and watch them to make sure they that didn’t hurt themselves. Like I said in my last post, Lulubelle figured it out by the second time I tied her up, if she pulls back it tightens, if she just stands there all is good.
But Fiona was oblivious. As soon as she felt the rope pull, her head would drop to the side and look up at me like the world is upside down and she’s falling with it. She constantly put pressure on the rope.
Even after over 20 times practicing, she’s still is the same. We also practiced leading them in the paddock, and using feed for enticement. [Read More…]