Lost Creek Aldwyn
gelding b. 6-24-2013
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Aldwyn is a remarkably mellow and thoughtful llama. We both agree that he has an outstanding disposition and a very enjoyable approach to life. There's really nothing to knock in the conformation and biomechanics department, either — Aldwyn has a lot of potential as a capable and companionable personal packer.
Our only disappointment thus far is that Aldwyn clearly inherited some recessive genes for a longer coat from both parents. We don't know whether some aspects of "nonshedding" were also part of the inheritance ... and we won't know for at least a couple of years. Regardless of the exact outcome of his coat's qualities, we know this means Aldwyn won't be stud quality for us, and so he was gelded. This allows allow him and us to enjoy his special personality to the fullest.
We greatly enjoyed the companionship of Aldwyn's grandsire Cappuccino and great-granddam Lacy, and we also laughed (most of the time!) at the antics and creativity of great-great-granddam Maggie. We see a bit of each of them in Aldwyn.
Fortunately, we will be needing another "mentor" gelding to first understudy with and eventually take over from Luka and Shuksan as they age and get tired of keeping rude youngsters in line. Aldwyn is showing excellent potential for maturing into that role, as well as being a strong candidate to become Highlight's "caboose" on the trail (quite the physical feat indeed). As a result, Aldwyn is on track to stay right here — it's one big win-win situation!
"Aldwyn" is a very rare Celtic or Saxon name with few historical occurances and a wide variety of meanings, in no small part because the various name elements can be teased out in different ways: "Al" and "dwyn", or "Ald" and "wyn". Whether "old" or "wise" or "from the mountains"; whether "friend" or "shining, brilliant" or "white", they all fit ... and also give Aldwyn plenty of room to grow his own unique personality.