The Herding Lesson

Our Border Collie, Mobi, has been taking herding lessons for awhile now. He currently takes them from Patsy at Forest Home Farms. He is coming along quite nicely. At a recent lesson, we gave him a chance to hang out and relax while we ate lunch. He discovered Iola the horse and really didn’t know what to make of her.

"That is a really big sheep!"

There are some really cute lambs on the farm right now – North Country Cheviot ewes crossed with a California Red ram.

But Mobi was not there to work with lambs – he was headed to the upper small pasture to work the big girls. He has achieved a nice balance and is getting somewhat more willing to “walk up” (approach straight on while sheep are standing still). Here, he is working nicely with Patsy.

All that herding is thirsty work.

In between runs, he hung out with fellow herder, Tap.

Mobi’s confidence and focus have increased considerably. Patsy worked him in the bigger pasture at the end of the lesson and he really put it all together, moving the sheep very calmly – after rousting out a bottle baby who wasn’t planning on being herded! Next step, working on our sheep. Stay tuned!

Published in: on April 20, 2011 at 3:38 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Nice looking red sheep.

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