First Time Haltered
Some calves go into the halter easily. I knew before we tried that Zara was going to be one that had to show out a little. No matter. I can still easily overpower her at this point and she will never be able to beat a post.
Things to remember when halter training a Dexter calf:
- Spend several days earning the trust of the calf so that you can touch them. Some great tips are in this video. "Unhandled Dexter"
- Start off close to the tie-off point -- I use a wood post.
- Use a Weaver Breaking Halter.
- Use a bucket of treats to "trick" the calf into the halter.
- Use an emergency release knot to tie the calf off.
- NEVER lose your cool no matter what.
- Stay out of the way and let the fits happen. Trying to pet or calm the calf will only get you hurt.
- Only release the calf if they are injuring themselves. Falling down is generally not going to cause injury. It's a lot of huff and bother just to put on a good show most of the time.
- End the lesson on a positive -- preferably with a slack rope.