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Lost Creek Ranger Arikaree

 

ILR # 290559

female  b. 6-23-2016

Lost Creek Troubadour x Lost Creek Ranger Tokatee

Arikaree definitely has the "eye candy" paint job, but it's her sensible, mellow, interactive personality — inherited from both parents — that we enjoy and value most. We're also pretty impressed with her substantial bone and muscling, and that "powerbutt" rear end from granddad Ranger Dusty. We aren't really thrilled that she inherited the recessive longer coat, but it is a true Classic coat and does comb reasonably well (in fact, Arikaree just LOVES to be deep-combed or brushed and can't get enough of it!). Either one of us would lay claim to Arikaree in a heartbeat; Arikaree would prefer to love all humans (and get cookies from them all, too.).

As with all of our babies, we'll keep Arikaree for at least several years to thoroughly assess her attributes as a packer and evaluate her as a potential breeder in our herd. Although we'd rather she'd gotten her sire's standard coat, her excellent seasonal shedding and combability means we can live with it. With so many fine packing llamas in her ancestry, she should be a very enjoyable trail companion. Without a doubt, she's a very special companion at home already.

We're not planning to sell Arikaree because half-sister Toiyabe was born with partial choanal atresia. Our evidence (and that of others) is now pointing to a specific teratogen administered within a specific critical window of gestation rather than a purely hereditary cause, but until we have more concrete evidence, our ethics demand that we retain Arikaree in our herd ... which is fine, because we really need a nonbreeding "trainer" female. Or maybe that's not fine, because Arikaree is the one most visitors want to smuggle home with them!

Arikaree Peak is on the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains and is visible from the Nederland, Colorado area, where we lived for a short time. Arikaree Peak, in turn, was named for the Arikara tribe of Native Americans. The name "Arikara" may mean "horns", refering to the Arikara tribe's custom of wearing two upright bones in their hair ... and looking kinda like llama ears, perhaps?