2. Overall Look and Balance

The Ccara llama is, above all, a working animal and an athlete. The overall look should be one of power and grace, with an energy-efficient way of going. There will be no obvious deformities and the llama should move smoothly with a relatively long free stride. There will be an infinite range of body types from the streamlined lean and lanky frame to the more solid look with heavier bone and more bulky muscling.

                     Light bone & muscling                              Heavier bone & muscling
Light bone & muscling     Heavier bone & muscling

A relatively narrow stance with legs longer than depth of girth (See diagram of body Sec 7.) is a characteristic that has been related to athleticism in the working llama. A high leg length/girth depth ratio is associated with efficient use of energy; in other words, maximum work accomplished with minimum effort. The llama that uses less energy to perform a task because of an efficiently-designed body will last longer on the trail (i.e. more stamina.)

The llama’s normal traveling gait - the pace - is accomplished by bringing the legs on the same side forward together as lateral pairs rather than moving the legs as diagonal pairs as do most equines.  At the pace, the entire weight of the body is shifted from side to side with each stride. Stability of the pacing animal is enhanced with a narrow base of support, thus reducing the distance of the arc through which the topline of the animal travels with each stride. 

A broad chested llama with a base-wide stance

A broad chested llama with a base-wide stance that travels with a noticeable lateral sway when carrying a loaded pack will expend more energy in propelling himself forward than the narrower animal, thus tiring more quickly.

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