We are progressing well with the sheep dog training, albeit slowly, due to the inexperience of the handler. I’m sure EV Kay would manage better without me.
Today the weather is awful……I have Arabian horses from the desert out in the pouring rain eating grass, and I have Shetland and Ryeland sheep hiding in the horses field shelter. Nature is strange. A bucket of food was not enough to entice the sheep into the training ring. I tried to herd them myself to no avail, they just doubled back on me, back in the shed!
As Kays training was going so well I thought I would let her help me get them into the ring. No longer just a small circle but a larger area, so I can ask a bit more from her.
So with Kay on a long line, we pushed the sheep out of the shed, around the horses that had now come to see what we were up to, whereupon the sheep ran as fast as they could to the farthest point away. My ankle not being that good to walk on, let alone run, I took the decision to let Kay go and sent her “Away”. A marvellous out run, and that’s where it ended! Sheep scattered everywhere and pushed through to the next field. I really must get some stock fencing up instead of post and railing.
After quite a few chaotic minutes we finally got the sheep in the pen, more by good luck than good judgement. as Kay got a bit too excited, with the sheep going every which way but the right way, in all that space.
As it continued to rain, pour and blow, water running down my coat, through my coat, and through my jeans until my knickers were soggy, I continued with Kays training. Dedication or stupidity I’m not sure which? Back in a controlled environment, Kay went wonderful! Suffice to say I think I will be looking to buy some water proofs!