Jeff and I learned so much in the first course we took with you in Florida, and discovered that working with our alpacas could be a whole lot easier. This refresher , however, took it to a higher level and really crystallized the concepts for me. I had a ton of "aaha" moments, especially about things I was doing wrong. I would encourage everyone to take the course a second time and refine how they work with their alpacas.
Roxanne Knuth, Wisconsin May 26, 2017
I am getting somewhat caught up so I am reviewing all newsletters and forums that I have missed; however, that is not to say that I have forgotten your teachings. Your book is at my bedside for reference at all times and your techniques are applied on a daily basis. Approaching llamas from the viewpoint of a behaviorist puts a complete different light on the matter. We are doing feet, shots, weight etc. right now and I have again discussed the concept of balance. The co-owner is in charge of nails and it is amazing how easy the llamas have become with your advice. I usually hold and we use the chute. I monitor to make sure the llamas are always balanced and comfortable. The co-owner has applied your approach to lifting legs and the llamas are already lifting their legs as she approaches. No fuss. As I hold the lead, they calmly get on the scale and stand while I'm reading the numbers. The scale does not have any barriers around it. Of course we also have the llamas that are work in progress but using your tools and techniques makes it look easy when working with one that is still learning the ropes.
February 5, 2017
You are most welcome for my small order! Our Marty lead ropes have held us for 23 years and finally are frazzled and we are in need of the two I ordered.
23 years ago PRIOR TO us owning our first two llamas I attended a clinic you presented at Caroline Boeckman’s Long Neck Llama Ranch in Northfield, NH. It was there that you confirmed I/we were headed on the right track by finding out first of all if llamas were for us…apparently so! Then I took home with me all those visions of sugarplums dancing in my head about “chunking things down into manageable portions”, your shared beliefs in Tellington-Jones techniques AND THEN SOME! It was a magic weekend that changed our lives forever and you were the biggest part of it.
We are now 23 years later down to our last 9 llamas, a mostly geriatric herd, all of us aging together the best way we know how….chunking things down into manageable portions, getting help shearing and doing toes, offering help when we can in return.
It’s so good to know you are still out and about spreading your good words and wisdom, making others’ lama lives possible and insuring the well-being of the critters who benefit from your teachings.
Lisa and Al, Push Me Pull You Farm
May 31, 2016
When the vet was here to do the followup staining on Tate's eye, she was clearly very impressed. Now, we have used her for 35 years, so we know each other quite well, having gone through some 12-15 dogs, etc. She has seen me working with the herd since I got them in February, and she has made some comments about how calm they have become. She said that when she had left, after the diagnosis, she had wondered along with her helper, how I was going to administer the ointment. I showed her the video... After we worked on Tate, she wanted to see our girl Dia, who we are hoping is very pregnant, but, she said, they are way up in the field. So Carol says, no problem, I'll call them. And Christine says, you mean they will come when you call? Yup. And they all came running down to see what was happening. She has taken care of the herd for about eight years or so, and she told us that they were always shy and skittish, that every visit was a chore with corner and grab, and never with a halter because there was so much angst associated with it.
So now, she sees me using the Camelidynamics methods, not that she understands what I'm doing, but she just gets out of the way and lets me catch, halter, whatever, before she has to do her thing. She actually wishes she could take me along on other alpaca farm visits. My point: aside from me, the only difference for these alpacas is Camelidynamics and your influence. And the transformation is truly remarkable. A friend of ours who had seen them when they first came in Feb, when they were just getting used to handling, came yesterday with some family, and all the girls and boys immediately came down to the paddocks to visit. She was blown away. Granted, the prospect of food was there, but when I would go see them at the former owner's farm, they would not come near me, even with grain.
I'm so glad I came upon Camelidynamics before I got into this, and that I had the sense to bite the bullet and come to the clinic. It has made all the difference in the world for me, and more importantly, for the alpacas, whose well-being I place above my own. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart! John
John Chickering December 17, 2015
Hi Marty- Bob and I wanted to thank you for the techniques we learned at the 4-day seminar in February/March. Our goal was to learn better methods or tools to handle our herd so that we did not stress them out when we needed to administer care. Learning to use the catch rope and the midline catch and brace method as we tend their needs has made such a large difference in what they will let us do. Making sure they are in balance has reduced their struggling defense and made it much easier to control their movements. We found it equally important that Bob and I both attended the seminar because we present a united front and are consistent in our handling of the Herd and the Herd knows what to expect when they see us coming. Even our aggressive girls have become less aggressive since we have stopped doling out snacks and now make them earn the snacks. Mia our wild child and her sister Haley have stopped bumping us or pulling on our arms to get our attention because when they do they know they do not get a snack. We can’t thank you enough for steering us in the right direction. We love our Herd even more since we feel we do a better job handling them and it is easier taking care of them. I know we still have a lot to learn but learning the basic handling skills has opened up our ability to move forward with our Herd in a more positive direction. From Me and Bob and the PennyAlpacer herd THANKS!
Sarah and Bob McCaskill
July 3, 2015
I am enjoying using the CAMELIDynamics techniques with our animals. It is amazing to see them respond better and there is much less chasing and running and wasted time. It contributes to life in general feeling a little more serene. I told my 4-H kids this week that these techniques are life lessons. When you feel resistance and tension in relationships or projects, it's best to step back, give space to the situation, everybody relax, then move forward gently as tolerated.
I'm so glad you have taken your time and life to develop these insights and are so willing to share them with us. Keep up the good work. We are highlighting our new found learning on our website and offering to teach others the techniques and will include teaching them as part of a purchase deal - added value.
Carol and Dave
April 1, 2015
I’d like you to know that I’m about 1/3 thru the camelidynamics book and without a doubt it has changed my thought process in every way towards hoofed animals specifically and all animals in general. It will be at least 2 years before I can start my own herd and am going to register for one of Marty's classes before that blessed event takes place. I’m thrilled that I’m reaping the benefits of Marty’s presence in the camelid world before I start my venture and will do my utmost to purchase only animals that have been handled using her methods. Please accept my sincere thanks and expect an order sometime in the next year for ropes, halters and other gear. I’m a firm believer in repaying the giver, life is a big circle especially when giving our best to others. Take care and expect to hear more from me soon.
Pat Snyder March 8, 2015
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your bi weekly CAMELIDynamics Guild newsletter and especially the "TIP" that comes each week. Even though I attempt to put into practice the things I have learned by attending a clinic and of course reading your book I appreciate the reminders. When I read your tips and study the accompanying photos I always learn something and often have an ahha moment that just crystallizes a technique in my minds eye.
A BIG thank you . . . . . from me AND my herd!
March 8, 2015
I am delighted to hear from you, and so happy that Diane and David were in attendance at your CT seminar. She is in the same place that I was, when I attended your seminar about 5 years ago. At that time, I had the 2 geldings. We now have 7 alpacas and 2 llamas (one mini!) - all boys, all the colors of the rainbow.
You taught me to manage our herd in a respectful, quiet and purposeful manner. In fact my hubby and I vaccinated them all just yesterday in 5 minutes flat. Your knowledge has empowered me in so many ways. I often hear your voice in my head when I am out there ('barn goddess=me").
I don't know if you remember when I arrived at the seminar 5 years ago - in an Econoline rental van with my 2 alpacas (osama and bin laden - not their real names but worthy at that time due to power struggles). I was in tears pulling into the driveway of the farm at the seminar because I was so stressed out driving them there, and I had my welders mask and raincoat to protect myself from all their spitting.
I am pleased to say that the welders mask was discarded after I attended your session. And adding more heads to my herd eased the power struggles within.
Best to you, Lise
March 8, 2015
We have heard a lot of good things about you in the past year, and now we know why, you're awesome! We learned so much this past weekend and we feel the timing could not have been more perfect. I really love the message of alpaca/llama compassion you teach. I find in very powerful to put yourself in someone else's shoes (or pads and overgrown toenails) and see the world from their optic.
We plan to put your techniques into practice, and you caught us at the right time, before we established bad behaviors!
Thanks for being the voice of reason, I wish more people would take your class and hear your message. If alpacas and llamas could write, I think they would nominate you as their Ambassador. But until then, you have a lot of clicker training to do to get them to use a word processor so that they can make that nomination 🙂
You are doing a great thing!
March 8, 2015
The four day was great. Thank you so much, I will always be grateful for the experience and info I gained in the last few days. You are an amazing teacher. I always learned a lot in the two day seminars, but the extra hands on and repitition of concept in the four day was invaluable in getting the concepts you are teaching to really sink in.
This was a great group of people, so much fun. I learned skills that will be helpful in many areas of life along with alpaca handling : Less is more, neutral contact vs grab and hold, and allowing to escape vs "catching", for starters. Things I knew became "lightbulb" moments. To get the behavior I am looking for, I need to handle the animal counter to the way I would naturally handle. Now my goal is for these techniques to become so second nature in me, that my natural handling methods will be those that allow for the animal’s feelings of safety and respect. We all kind of need to know there is a way of escape if we need one, and that no one is going to say we can't have it!
March 8, 2015
Since we took your class last month, I have been practicing some of the methods you taught us. I have a couple of girls who run directly toward the catch pen so that they can be first (and fourth, maybe fifth, well anyway lots!) I have a couple that would rather not enter the pen and ask me to do my thing with them anywhere in the pasture, they love it.
Yesterday, we got to do nails. Well, let me tell you that most of the animals were totally acceptable of this game and did extremely well with me balancing at their head and breathing with them. I had another gal doing the triming and she couldn't believe the changes in the pacas! I was so excited and thrilled about the whole experience and the fact that we trimmed 10 alpacas in about 50 minutes! Past experience, with the old chase and halter methodÂ would take about 2.5 hours and EVERYONE was exhausted when we were done.
YIPPEE, thanx so much for your support!!!
Kathy Liberty Oaks Alpacas, CA September 27, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop - it was a total eye-opener/life-changer! I always like to give the animal the benefit of the doubt, and as a total camelid newbie, I have to say the more I learn and interact with them the more I respect and adore them. My new goal through vet school and beyond will be to learn how to best handle my patients so they can have as positive an experience as possible - the fine tuning in fancy procedures can come after.
I love that you are doing so much to advocate for their perspective and sincerely appreciate what you were able to teach us in such a short period of time on Sun - way to go efficiency!
Nile Veterinary Student University of Minnesota Veterinary School St. Paul, MN September 27, 2013
I truly do want to thank you for an incredible learning experience and fun, valuable class. You were fabulous! What a great teacher... your explanations and demonstrations were perfect, the use of the teaching aids and having us try certain maneuvers on each other were invaluable, and your enthusiasm and sense of humor made it all a lot of fun. Fantastic job!!! Thank you so much for a great weekend of learning.
Hope to see you sometime in the future.
Janie California September 27, 2013
I'd like you to know that Im about 1/3 thru the Camelid Companion book and without a doubt it has changed my thought process in every way towards hoofed animals specifically and all animals in general. It will be at least 2 years before I can start my own herd and am trying to register for one of Martys classes to take (hopefully more than once) before that blessed event takes place. Im thrilled that Im reaping the benefits of Martys presence in the camelid world before I start my venture and will do my utmost to purchase only animals that have been handled using her methods. Please accept my sincere thanks and expect an order sometime in the next year for ropes, halters and other gear. Im a firm believer in repaying the giver, life is a big circle especially when giving our best to others.
Take care and expect to hear more from me soon.
Pat Falls Church, VA September 27, 2013
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your newsletter and especially the "TIP" that comes right to my email box. Even though I attempt to put into practice the things I have learned by attending a clinic and of course reading your book I appreciate the reminders. When I read your tips and study the accompanying photos I always learn something and often have an ahha moment that just crystallizes a technique in my minds eye.
A BIG thank you . . . . . from me AND my herd!
Deb Sullivan, MO September 27, 2013
Guess what? Being encouraged by your video, we decided to shear our alpacas standing. AND: we did all the ladies, all the yearlings and some of the males standing! It worked really, really well. I noticed it was like a dance. Some of them went well in the midline catch, some didn't want to be held, and I just balanced them with one hand on the back, some just wanted to lay their head on my stretched out arm. That was one wonderful and interesting experience! It was much less stressful and actually - we hardly could believe it - faster as well.
Thank you for encouraging us!
You are the best!
Sibylle Klasing-Mann Senior CAMELIDynamics Consultant, Germany September 27, 2013
You taught me to manage our herd in a respectful, quiet and purposeful manner. In fact my hubby and I vaccinated them all just yesterday in 5 minutes flat. Your knowledge has empowered me in so many ways. I often hear your voice in my head when I am out there ("barn goddess=me"). I am pleased to say that the welders mask was discarded after I attended your session.
Lise Newtown CT September 25, 2013