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In the last few weeks I feel like Timber and I have really made some steps in the right direction. Our instructor got after me saying I needed to either get to working my sheep on a regular basis or come and rent hers. Our sheep are un-dogged and bc of the ewes being late term it's down to working the rams and 3 yearling ram lambs. I've been a little scared I was going to ruin him, or mess up, or something, but finally started diving in seriously about 2 weeks ago. We started with grazing the rams in one of the horse pastures just right outside their pens. We are now up to getting them across a 4 acre pasture and into another pasture for grazing. The sheep are pretty sticky to the fence line at first and since they want to charge back to their pasture, Timber doesn't have the confidence to go push them off all the time. He feels like he's going to lose his sheep. Anyway, below is a video, poor quality, but some good stuff starts to happen at the 2.5 minute mark or so. I finally feel like we are working as a team, it's so exciting. I would definitely say for beginners that it's probably a lot easier to start with dogged sheep, especially if you have a young dog as well, but going out and purchasing new sheep isn't an option so we are making due.

 

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Looking good. How old is he now? Was trying to remember when that litter was born.

Enjoyed watching the video. Always fun to see relatives working.

Thanks! Timber is 22 months, I'm sure he'd be a lot further on in more knowledgable hands, but he's stuck with me ;)

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I would not want to overhear conversations my dog has with her friends. "He mixes-up his flanks, can't read sheep, but has decent potential". For me, I want to think she believes in my "potential" ;) .

 

But seriously, nice work. As you know, the fence-line is a good way to introduce driving. When they stopped, I liked the fetch away from the fence. Good control. -- Best wishes, TEC

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Thought I would share an update. Here we are yesterday in a ranch class. There way a huge pull to exhaust and if you lost the sheep they could slip under the fence and really get away, pretty tough for a novice trial.

 

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It looks like y'all are coming along just fine. Were you supposed to take the sheep back to the post before going to the pen?

 

J.

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Thank you Julie-

Yes, we were suppose to settle them at the post so that we had a better angle for the pen. The gates couldn't open the other way and it would have made the angle of the pen pretty unfriendly.

 

And I did purposely turn Timber around the post the wrong way, the draw was so strong behind and to the left I opted to lose a few points but keep my sheep :)

 

Thanks

Julie

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