A thank you to the Wyoming Joneses who lent their heifer,
Lucky Girl, for these pix and for walking in the showmanship circle.
Fortunately the photographer sent this, as it is my heifer:
I was pleased with Kaelan. I led him for the first time (and think it likely was also his first in his LIFE to be on halter) a week ago Thursday, and he was not difficult at all to load or to walk in the show and sale.
(Even if he and his owner are not "set up" properly, I appreciate how willingly he cooperated!)
I almost shed a tear at the sale, realizing that no one else really knows his nice personality well enough to appreciate him. Xangwen, his daughter and the heifer shown by Brittany, became a much more halter-TRAINED and -accepting girl over the course of her many times through the ring and into the trailer. The young trainers from here got a good amount of time to curry and pet the animals we took and to lead others as well as to observe experienced showmen/women/boys/girls. And the parents of those very kids did a wonderful job of not only taking care of their own kids' clothing and appearances but also stretching to include the others, taking pictures, and keeping track of and packing up my paraphernalia too. The experience did us all good and we are ready to set some goals for June, I think. I am eager to learn more about clipping and foot-trimming. While I'm still not eager to feed for show, I intend to pick ahead some animals that we will plan to work with and perhaps consider giving them BETTER hay and making sure they get good pasture in spring.