Post by maggiesherd on Apr 17, 2007 19:20:19 GMT -5
Maggie is becoming more and more stubborn when she doesn't want to go back to the pasture. She dropped herself to the ground and was literally dragged by my husband for a few feet all because she wanted to stay in the other pasture. She is getting bigger and of course I can't drag her. She had handled the halter and lead when she was smaller but has learned that I can't move her if she doesn't want to go. What treat can I offer her to coax her? She is laying her ears back and refusing to budge. It's making me sad that she is becoming so stubborn. She isn't having any grains. I led her with alfalfa cubes and that worked o.k. one step at a time. Any other ideas? Thanks, Carol
I wouldn't bribe. She's misbehaving and challenging you- she doesn't need a reward and it will just make her more stubborn if she thinks she'll get a treat every time she refuses to move. I would work on her halter training. When my calves would refuse to move I would hold their heads up high and circle them tightly for a few turns, then try walking forwards again. After a few rounds they realized it was walk nicely or be spun unpleasantly.
Missing my Isabelle, cow of my heart
28 January 1998 to 4 May 2015
I agree - treats are for rewarding good behavior. The last thing you want to do is reward bad behavior.
In a situation like this, I use a halter with a chain shank under the chin for training. And do work on the circles as Claire described. You can't make her move forward, but you can pull her off balance to the side and make her move.
Tig - 3/4 Jersey 1/4 Dexter 12 yr
Pepper-Angus/Dexter/Jersey 7 yr
Mocha (aka Crazy Cow) 6 yr
Eva Holstein 6 yr
Maggie - HoJo 5 yr
Chloe - Jersey/Dexter 5 yr
Brie - Jersey - 4 yr
Holly - Ho/Angus and Sage Jersey/Mini Jersey milk cows in waiting
farmerjohnkauai: Anybody got a peppermint oil udder rub recipe?
May 12, 2015 18:07:50 GMT -5
mocha: I just was looking around for some answers when I came across this board and found it very informative. Our Jersey cow has a calf about a week ago and I am not getting much milk from her..a litre maybe. What can I do?
May 13, 2015 9:06:36 GMT -5
wyomama: mocha, please do post a thread in the Family Cow section - people viewing on thier phones don't see the chat box.
May 13, 2015 15:15:41 GMT -5
hackberry: im in Abilene..i wanted a one way disk to reseed my little traps I have..but I do have a spring harrow..i read an article on red river crab grass..and they said u could reseed in spring w/one way harrow...the article said u could have year round grazing w/
May 22, 2015 22:31:37 GMT -5
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'