Girl Training Update-Baby Oxen in Training.

As I am on Dial up, putting in or watching video’s on others sites are not really possable, so it will be photos.. so first we did a grow out photo of Girl my combo milk cow/large draft cow to be.So she got her feet picked up, her full body brushing, her all over touching, and a number of quiet touches on her udder area.. this little ladies temperment is to die for.. she is so willing to learn and work and so calm when in her halter, an so much more hoppy and kickin when not.

So I don’t have proper leather traces yet, I have a set with nylon but didn’t feel the need to be so formal today, I just wanted to work on the basic’s, so I grabbed a full size peice of hay twine and made a line of traces out of it.

  • Be tethered out on a tie down

  • Walk on: Move out in front of me in a straight line

  • Stand-Stay where I woo you, even if I am walking around you.
  • Back-Go back in a straight line
  • Right and Left turns

As anyone who has trained a horse can see, I am using straight basic training on her, pull out to the side that I want her to turn on, put line pressure on the side I need to move in.

She is really starting to get the hang of this, and It was lot of fun out working her around the pasture, I felt for her, we had done a good amount of work before I was able to snag DH to take pictures.

                                                          Cheers from Girl

I am making this a homestead Barn Hop Post.

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9 Responses to Girl Training Update-Baby Oxen in Training.

  1. H.P. says:

    Auntie,i like the picture of Girl when she is standing and you are hanging on to the rope.H.A. likes the way she will grow up to give milk. Oma likes her bright red halter.

  2. rjwoodland says:

    Thanks for sharing, it’s great to see how she is coming along. Calves, milk and draught power too – she’ll be a real asset on the farm.

    • I could not agree more, I think she is and will be a true asset on the farm, and I even have her future boyfriend all picked out, he is just a nice walk down the road when she is ready to go a visiting which will be quite awhile yet.

  3. Great post! I spent several years “training” horses for a living, and now I just work with my own, but I love hearing other folks’ methods and techniques. What a fun project! Thanks for sharing this with the Homestead Barn Hop!

    • Thanks Jill, I have also trained horse and so I have found that while I keep read my oxen book, I find myself training her like she is a horse and she does not seem to mind. I do think it will be a great thing to have a large draft animal on our little farm.

  4. Janis says:

    Nice job, good photos!
    I am inspired to train one of my heifers too.
    Come visit the herd when you have a free moment:
    I Came over from the Barn Hop

  5. Donna says:

    Really, really, interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Carolyn says:

    Great Post. I guess I never thought you would have to train them to that. Show’s what I know about farm animals…..LOL

    I am on the barn hop from Homestead Revival. Stop by MY BLOG when you get a chance…… I am having a giveaway!!

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