For the last couple of weekends since my last blog post, Raven has been happily having the headcollar put on over both ears. We’re so proud of her! Claire is now working on increasing the amount of time the headcollar is on, small steps.
Here’s what Claire’s been getting up to with Raven. Eventually I will do a complete version but this is where we’re at at the moment. Bear in mind, originally any attempts to touch Raven’s ears were met with a shake of her head. Such an angel!
Our foray into YouTube – introducing our girls. Take a look and let us know who’s your favourite (if you can pick one!)
Whilst Saf is recuperating, Claire has started clicker training with Raven. We feel this should work well for her given her high motivation for food and her desire to learn. Here is Raven being introduced to the clicker for the first time and learning not to mug for treats. She only gets a click and a treat when she doesn’t ask. She’s just so pleased with herself, you can just see her brain working (Raven, not Claire!) 😉
Working on our lesson homework. Had a couple of moments in the trot where I really felt Saf spring up under me which I took as being on the right track. Using a steady outside rein to keep the neck straight and an opening inside rein to ask her to mobilise her jaw. Love her!
Well if I thought it was hot during my lesson on Saturday, we were in for a shock doing Prelim 7 on Sunday at Codham! Having given ourselves a bench mark last time, I was aiming for more relaxation and less tension from Saf, and for me to keep my hands softer. After a boiling hack there, Saf was on her best behaviour and stood happily tied to a tree eating her haynet. It was amazing for all of us to be ‘hands free’, without one of us having to hold onto her. Simple things! After a half hour rest we headed down to the warm up, which seemed less busy compared to last time.
Saf started out tense and looky, but we had a happy canter on each rein which seemed to get it out of her system. She then worked really rather well. Wanted to keep the warm up to a minimum due to the heat, and we were soon called.
I was so pleased with her, I remembered to relax my hips and kept my hands light rather than the usual ninja grip I develop when I feel like she’s going to run off during the test. She was understandably happier and aside from a bit of nose poking at times and ducking in on a few corners in canter I was really pleased. Came out with a grin which is always good 🙂 61% which I was happy with and felt about right from where I was sitting and particularly pleased since it’s only our second time at this venue.
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