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Lost Creek Troubadour

 

ILR # 274896

male  b. 12-7-2007

JD’s Cappuccino x Ramblin’ Rosie

Troubadour is 43.25"at the withers (he'd be 45" on any other website, which is why everyone swears Troubadour IS 45" when they meet him), and consistently runs 328 pounds.

Troubadour is definitely be his parents’ son — inquisitive, mellow, very much a “people person,” and definitively classic in physique, temperament, and coat. Troubadour doesn't particularly care which one of us he works with, and he's equally amenable for everyone else who has handled him as well.

Troubadour is a real joy as a companion — to us and to his pasturemates! He did not inherit his father’s excellent gaits, however (it’s a complex genetic trait, and his dam was as opposite of “ideal” as it gets). We were originally going to geld him outright on that basis, but our ongoing search for breeding stock has made us appreciate that Troubadour is better in almost every other critical way than what we’re able to find “out there”, and he’s also potentially a better match for some of our females (who fortunately do have top-notch gaits) than any other options available to us at this time.

Although Troubadour’s ambling travel gai tmeans he requires more conditioning than is ideal (for us), that same amble is dead-average in the pack llama world. With the requisite conditioning, nothing stops him from excelling at medium-duty packing — 8-10 miles days with 65-80 pounds. Normally this level of performance would be a nonbreeder on our farm, but because he is otherwise so excellent and is able to lend some genetic diversity to a decidedly over-related gene pool, we decided to retain Troubadour as a stud. We have not regretted it!

Troubadour's first two offspring have given us no untoward surprises, and both have Troubadour's delightfully interactive and steady disposition; one even inherited the elusive (and genetically recessive) trot. Troubadour's offspring from outside breedings are also very easy to work with and much appreciated for their sensible, interactive dispositions and sound, solid conformation.

Troubadour is available for outside breedings by private treaty. See more information on our Classic Stud Service page and then contact us by email if you are interested in using Troubadour to breed with your packing females. Please don't wait until the last minute — previous clients receive priority scheduling, and to date, all have enthusiastically re-booked Troubadour's services a year in advance.

A troubadour was a medieval entertainer, talented in music, poetry, and often other arts. Some of the troubadours traveled continuously, but generally each was employed by a particular court. Our Troubadour is certainly talented and suited for interaction and the entertainment facet of the llama world.

Meet Troubadour's offspring born at Lost Creek Llamas: