Lacey lives with two llamas and I LOVE them. They are truly hilarious little (big) creatures.
The ones Lacey lives with are basically wild (former livestock guarding llamas) so they are never shorn or anything like that. They just hang out and get their hay everyday and seem to live pretty happy lives. Of course, if I owned a llama, I would want it to be tame but I don't own these guys (ladies).
I am training one of them (the friendly one, she's always hanging around me) to allow touching but it's slow going. However, I don't really blame her since she's at least 14 and she hasn't been touched probably since she was a baby.
The other one (the non-friendly one) basically runs if I get within 10ft of her but she's never aggressive, she's just scared. She likes to watch me from a safe distance and let the other llama be brave.
Anyway, they seem very easy on the pasture. They, and Lacey, live on about 3 acres together and I can definitely say that Lacey is MUCH harder on the land than they are. I never see llama "skid-marks' but am always seeing Lacey "skid-marks". Lacey seems to rip the ground up a lot more with her hooves than the llamas do.
The llamas also eat quite a bit less than Lacey does. Both llamas can thrive in that 3 acre pasture year round without needing more than about a 5 pound flake of hay every week during the winter.
Of course, I've never met a tame llama so the tameness might be a game changer. I'm not sure.
I will say though that from what I've seen from these llamas, they are my companion of choice for single horses.
Also, I've never had these guys spit on me/act like they were about to spit and I've inadvertently gotten them into situations where I wouldn't blame them for getting a little aggressive (given their feral/wild status).
The one thing I'm bummed about is that there seems to be very little llama knowledge on the internet. I would love knowing all about these guys but there just doesn't seem to be that kind of wealth of information out there.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 02-13-2012 at 07:21 PM.