The first set of challenges we completed were picking up feet from one side and bridle and halter from ground. We did not practice any of it. I just went on a whim when I saw that he was in a very good mood. :-) The picking up of the feet was interesting. He did not quite know what I was asking of him. I imagine horses get used to the feeling of our body on the side we are asking for. For the haltering and bridling, I did use my lead rope to maintain control of the unruly beast and to help with the cue to lower his head. I hope that is okay Denise??..
When we got done with those challenges, Iwas having so much fun that I decided to do some more. In this video, we are doing the Squeeze Game (notice Billy's belly scraping both sides of the door!), pull a log, barrels, and finally bikes. As you can see, I felt the need to show off when it came to the bike challenge! And I had the audience (my JRT and Golden) in a trance!
This challenge is just such fun! My whole family got involved last night and it was a great hour that we spent together. I look at Billy and how well he handled all these things and I wonder "Why do I have so much fear???" But, I realize that it is my riding and the energy I convey to him while I am riding that probably has an effect on his attitude. Somethingfor me to definitely work on!