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Lost Creek Credo, MPL

 

ILR #266909

gelding  b. 11-18-2005

Sky Rocket x Ramblin’ Rosie

Credo is 45.5" at the withers (FYI — most people are sure he's 47"+), and he's one very solid, strong dude. Although he has inherited his dam’s tendency to put on extra fat for a rainy day, for reasons that escape us, castration has helped rather than hurt Credo's weight control — before being sold, he was averaging 365 pounds, which we feel is appropriate for him. The upside to Credo's thrifty metabolism is that he'll almost certainly continue to maintain a healthy weight well into in old age (22+). He will have to be kept on very sparse forage or a dry lot for his prime years, however.

Credo’s excellent coat, strong and flawless conformation, and unflappable disposition are all recognized attributes in working pack llamas. Credo really shines with a savvy handler (like many llamas, he will take advantage of inattentive or timid humans, although he is much less motivated to do so now that he's been gelded), and he likes all kinds of adventures away from the farm — people-watching at shows, hanging out in camp, listening to music ... it's all great.

We bred Credo to several of our females to evaluate his potential as a stud and produced three strong, remarkably athletic pack prospects — the last of which was a substantially upgrade son, Koa, who has everything we have always liked about Credo, but ideal harness gaits, much better self-control around females and potential rivals ... and a special bond with Gwen, too! It was a no-brainer to keep Koa as a replacement for his sire and to geld Credo, who is now spending his prime years on the trail as a happier, busier gelding. Indeed, after castration Credo became much more relaxed and vastly more interested in being a partner.

We sold Credo when he was nine years old to a fellow who was planning a transition from goat packing to llama packing, but after the 2017 packing season, he told us he realized he just no longer has the energy for backcountry travel, and that he needs to sell the llamas. We were going to take Credo back, assess and price him, and find him a new home, but it turned out that he was significantly overweight (420 lbs). The area we'd keep a dieting llama in did not have adequate winter shelter space for one more llama, so the fellow placed Credo to someone else without our involvement or knowledge.

We will be happy to take Credo back for his retirement years if that's desired; hopefully his newest owner will contact us when the time comes.

“Credo” (for the latin-challenged, that’s pronounced “CRAY-doe”) is Latin for "creed" and means a statement of belief.

Credo is a living statement of our strong beliefs in llama rescue (mother Rosie was rescued); highest quality medical care (he was conceived after father Sky Rocket shattered his leg and was being nursed back to soundness at extreme expense); practical knowledge (not fad-based or showring-driven) of working llama conformation and biomechanics; Classic llama breed recognition and preservation; sensitive, individualized natural training philosophies; and castration as a tool to improve both the gene pool and individual llamas' happiness. A fitting name for a llama who, without our adherence to these tenets, would not even have existed, let alone thrive as he does now!

Credo earned his PLTA Master Pack Llama certification in May 2013

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