EMERGENCY LLAMA STORY:
So I rescued this realy cute pony a couple of years back, "Sunny". I only had one other horse my appy, Freckles. When I took freckles off the property I didnt want Sunny to be alone. I searched for the perfect low maintenance/low cost companion critter, and found Bobby, my llama. It was perfect, they bonded immediately, and shared a stall together. Sunny was truly Bobby's horse, not mine.
5 months later Sunny died in colic surgery. She had a lipoma wrap around her small intestine, and it wasn't fixable. I had her put down while she was asleep, mid surgery. Bobby took it the hardest. He walked circles around her feed pan for days, calling for her. But even worse, Freckles is already a nervous pacer to begin with, and she had a really hard time. Bobby became my emergency llama then, doing the best he could to bond with Freckles. And the whole time I was looking for another horse to by, he stuck by her side, stayed in her stall with her and looked after her. Since then I've gotten two more horses, and Bobby takes good care of his horses, herding them up near the house when predators come. And he stays behind with whichever horse I choose to leave home, when I take two off the property.
People always ask me why I would want a llama, and I tell them, he's for emergency purposes