My human is a bit ADD. She always starts by bushing me, which I love. Almost as much as I like to eat 😉 However, she never sticks to just brushing. Next thing I know it turns into a game where she runs and expects me to run after her. I like to lag behind a bit and see if she will come back and give me a treat if I look pitiful enough. Sadly, it never seems to work out for me. Then some days we ride in the ring, sometimes she expects me to jump over obstacles, sometimes we ride for a few minutes then then she changes her mind again and we go for a walk outside. Well you get the idea.
I don’t know why but whenever we go out lately she ties these loud ringing bells on my back. She says it is the season to be jolly but man those things are loud. Sometimes she chases me in a circle and sometimes expects me to stand on a tiny block of wood. Trust me, if you were a 1,000 pound animal trying to stand on a 2 foot square you would look funny too. Then there are the times she stands on my back and shifts around up there, why bother moving if just sitting in one place is normally good enough? I will never know. Sometimes she lets the little humans ride. While they are lighter, they are often bouncy and loud. At least I get extra treats after they leave, and they are well adapt at giving hugs and good brushings. Needless to say I never know for sure what we will do when she shows up, but I know I will always get food and hugs, and that is a very good thing.
Hello All! Ymir and I had a great time yesterday doing a little vaulting. I feel a bit bad for him, he is probably right I always have something different to do. He has a pretty consistent couple of weeks coming up though. We are going to be filming our level 3 Liberty audition. Auditions are 10 minutes long and filmed without editing, all in one shot. We recently tried to do the videoing but were a bit unprepared. After a conference with my Parelli mentor we are back on track to get the audition done.
In Liberty I must show that I can use two barrels either for a squeeze through or over them, and a pedestal. I also have to show that I can lead him with my hands but without a halter. I will show that he can walk and trot in a circle around me in both directions with smooth upward and downward transitions as well as doing a figure 8 at the walk. The rest of the time we show what we can do at liberty. Ymir is very good at the “stick to me” game so I know that will be part of the audition. Currently I am working with him the most on the circles and figure 8. Sometimes he would rather go see if someone else has something better to offer rather than stick around and play with me. During my latest meeting with my mentor we talked about how Liberty looks smooth but is really a series of very separate games with a reward after each game rather than moving too quickly from one place to the other.
I hope to film my Liberty in the next two weeks so look for the link to that soon! In other news I got my photos back today! Yay! So I have included a couple of my favorites from our session 🙂
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!