Years ago, when I was novice to animal husbandry, a friend taught me about the power of water.
Have a barking dog? A bucket of water will make them stop.
Have a Border collie showing an interest in cars? There's nothing like a bucket of water to dissuade her.
When the ram developed an interest in ramming, which rams are prone to do, I turned to the bucket of water.
But an open pasture changes things.
Being a kind-hearted person, I decided to bring the ewes and ram in from the pasture when I saw an approaching storm.
He challenged that decision.
As he approached me, I held out the bucket of water.
He gave me space as I walked backwards toward the barn.
Then, he charged the bucket.
We both got soaked.
He stood and licked his lips, pondering another charge.
I used my "don't-you-think-about-it" growl. That made him pause and bought me a few more steps.
He charged again and was rewarded with the last few drops of water.
By then, I was to the barn and safety. Though, I was wet and cold and counting the days until the end of breeding season and his trip to the butcher shop.