Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:58 PM
Not sure if this is a good place for this question...but since it's related to sheepdog training thought I would start here!!!
Practicing stockwork for me and my dogs consists of going to my two good friends farms, who also train/trial border collies in USBCHA trials....the two farms are maybe 15 acres of seperated pastures...which is ok most of the time for training...
We are all kind of suffering the same problem of not having any BIG areas to practice long outruns!!!
We solve the problem now by having to drive 2-4 hours one way to someone who has some larger areas...I recently made a 6 and 10 hour drive one way just to get to some bigger fields!!!
I know that others have there ways of dealing with shortage of big land, usually they can find a near by farmer who doesn't mind them using there hay fields/etc...
We unfortunatly DON'T know anyone who owns such land within a oneour drive....so we had the idea of making some kind of Want Ad...sending it out on vartious lists and posting it at local feed stores in hopes that someone wouldnt mind us trailering sheep to there pasture for a few hours here and there....we have course would compensate them..
Any ideas on what to say that wouldnt over whelm people with this idea?? I asked a few people in person and they were like "what?!"
Thanks for any suggestions!!!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:35 PM
Perhaps something like:
"WANTED: Wide-open spaces for training border collies!
We have the sheep, we have the dogs, but we don't have fields big enough for our dogs to really practice their out-work. Do you have an empty field or pasture we can borrow X times a week/month?
We are prepared to recompense you for the use of your property, and we will close all gates and leave no sign of our presence, when we leave. If you can help a couple sheepdoggers and some hardworking border collies, please give us a call at: XXX-XXXX."
Anyhow, that's my attempt!
Good luck, let us know how it goes!
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:23 AM
Before we moved to our current place we were allowed to trailer sheep to one of the hay fields of our hay supplier. He is has a dairy and we also would use the pasture he grazed his heifers on.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:52 PM
Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:07 PM
do you want the big field to work on for you or for the dogs?????
Lin Yutang once said, "The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach."
Just a thought.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:02 PM
On a private parcel, Mark’s idea of contacting your hay dealer is excellent. Or if you see a field you like, a letter might work as well. I got my first field by putting something in someone’s mailbox. However, I would also knock on the owner’s door. I would like to meet them and have them understand that I value their property as much as they do. That I am not moving there and when I come, anything I bring with me, leaves with me.
In both cases, you may be asked how often you will be on the property, for how long, how many people. Assure them that the endurance levels of dog and sheep keep the sessions short, that you are not coming in inclement weather as you do not want to damage the field (rain, snow), and that you will not be there when the grass is long because you can’t see the sheep or dogs anyway.
If they ask for insurance, check with your homeowners insurance company. You are looking to get a certificate of liability on your homeowners policy naming the property owner and releasing them from any liability due to your actions.
Having done all this, I do not take dogs to these fields that are not under complete control and I do not take challenging sheep. I want sheep to work and sheep that will load. My challenge is an open field.
Hope this helps.
Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:45 PM
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