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Alexandra Verhoef of Alpaca Evolution writes about alpaca handlers and their sometimes unfortunate behaviour.

With the show season fast approaching thoughts are likely turning to the tasks of picking the perfect show team candidates and their subsequent introduction to the halter. As owners we invest a lot of time in preparing our precious charges in the hope that the judge will place that coveted rosette on them or even better the more eye-catching broad ribbon.

One element it is all too easy to overlook is the role we, as handlers, play in making the best of our show teams. Now, at the end of the day, the alpaca is what it is. You can’t (or aren’t permitted to) change the physical traits of your alpaca but you can ensure that the alpaca and your herd is as well represented as possible. To do this you need to make sure you avoid the snares of the stereotypical bad handler.

Let’s face it there won’t be many of the more seasoned show goers who aren’t guilty of fulfilling at least one of these show ring misdemeanours at some time

In reading the descriptions some may feel a little sensation needling at them. This is known as a guilty conscience. Have you ever done one of those tests on social media where you score a point for every item on a list you have done? Do that with the below, if I am honest…well let’s leave that there! Let’s face it there won’t be many of the more seasoned show goers who aren’t guilty of fulfilling at least one of these show ring misdemeanours at some time.

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