This llama's toenails are too long. They aren't severely overgrown; I've seen a lot worse, but they are in need of a trim. Some llamas, particularly classic llamas, don't ever seem to get long toenails. Some llamas, especially those who live on rocky ground, naturally keep their toenails worn down. Other llamas need trimming a couple times a year. If not kept trimmed or worn down, the toenails will keep growing and the feet will become deformed, making the llama lame. Recently, I heard that someone was selling guard llamas with overgrown toenails, telling potential buyers that you aren't supposed to trim a guard llama's toenails as they use them for defense against predators. Total baloney. It sounds like an excuse for them not being able to handle the llama's feet.
These are the best shears I have ever used for llamas, and I've sheared a LOT of llamas. Since Bobra raised Classic llamas, most of my llamas don't need to be shorn. A couple have pretty dense wool, though, and don't brush out like a true Classic (all our llamas are classic, but some are more Classic than others.) so they get trimmed. We have a couple woolly packers, and they get clipped every year. I shear for other folks, though, and most of the llamas I help are animals that, for whatever reason, haven't been shorn in a couple years (or more) These are usually untrained llamas, so I try to clip quickly. I tried electric clippers, but I like to leave a good couple inches of wool on the llama, and it's too difficult to keep an even cut. (for me, anyway) Electric ones work great if you're shearing close to the skin, but I don't like to do that. So I have used scissors and sheep shears, and when I finally tried Jakoti shears, I knew there was no going back. They are lightweight, and the spring action is really easy on the hands. They are incredibly sharp, and hold their edge for a long time. I have used them to cut horses' bridle paths as well. They are imported from the UK. The workmanship is excellent, and they hold up to being thrown around and getting knocked in the dirt. I'm please to say that we now carry them in our store here. $46 each, free shipping!
Biff and Marty are a couple of yearlings who found their way here. They're both very intelligent and willing little guys. When llamas respect a person's space and recognise that person as the leader, it is amazing how quickly a partnership can be established.