The white stuff is falling from the sky again, and it has been four days since my human has come to give me treats. Last time she came we played on the ground and the lady who usually feeds us stood in the middle and watched, strange thing was she didn’t have any treats. A while ago she came later when the sun was just starting to go down and decided to go riding in a hurry. I was whisked out of the pasture, the heavy saddle was put on my back and to add insult she put the bit in my mouth without warming it up! She then preceded to bring me OUTSIDE the ring. Why did she want to go back outside? Human do you remember the last time? There were dragons in them thar woods! Oh well, she insisted. We went out to the field and the little human brought out a moving feed bucket that made a lot of noise. The little human kept running away with it, and try as I might my human would not let me eat it. After chasing the giant feed tub the humans decided to lay down in it…. humans even I know that food doesn’t just appear if you lay in your feed tub, trust me I have tried it. The humans are always jealous of my speed and power. Either they want to ride on my back or get pulled behind me so they don’t have to use their two little legs. Today was a pull behind day. Once sitting in the feed tub they held on to a rope attached to my saddle. The big human was a little tougher to pull, but pull I did and it felt so good! This is what I was meant to do, pull and be outside the silly little fence that they set up under a roof. We had so much fun! And now the snow is falling again so maybe we will do it again. Stay fuzzy,
Ymir and I have had a great couple of weeks! We have gone sledjoring, done some liberty in the field, and almost completed our level 3 liberty auditions. I forgot to add in the sideways during my audition so I will be filming that soon, adding it to my video and sending it in! It will be such a relief to get my level 3’s started! I had a meeting with my mentor on friday and progress continues! There is now a facebook group for people in the course in colorado, and it is really neat to see all the people who will be in my class. We have a snowday today and I am looking forward to taking the sled and skis out to the barn and giving skijoring and sledjoring a go again.
My question to my mentor this week was when do I ask for something again, and when is that asking just being greedy. He said that generally he follows the rule of three. The basic idea being that if you have three successful tries at what you want then you move on. It can be three in a row (preferably) or three in a session, but don’t push past that if you can help it because it is only confusing the horse. The first time you ask and get what you want, for example a step to the right with the hind quarters the horse asks why did you stop asking and what did I do? The second time they do it right they start thinking they understand. The third time they really get it and are happy to understand. After that third time they start thinking that maybe they are NOT understanding and the human wants something different. They might start doing something else trying to figure out what you want and you have to start over again. So my rule for the next month, stick to three successful tries and have fun!