The play group, Ocala Parelli Players, I belong to has been having challenges this summer to keep us all progressing during the long, hot summer. The object of the challenges is something that is low key, requires focus, and can be done in a short session. Members volunteer to provide a challenge and each challenge lasts for two weeks. The only requirement was the challenges had to involve something that was on the self assessment sheets but that could be done by any level student. I haven't blogged about each challenge but thought I'd blog about this last one because it's something I've been playing with for a while now.
The challenge is: have your horse put one front foot and one hind foot over a log or pole. One of our OPP members named this challenge "split your horse in half" lol!!
Well, I tried this tonight and didn't quite get the split in half but we did get close. I know, I know...close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades lol!!
Renegade is good at putting one front foot over or one back foot but not both on the same side at the same time but tonight we did get the left front over the log and the left hind resting up on the log. It was a brief rest but it's closer than we've gotten before and I figured I'd better quit while I was ahead. Going to try again tomorrow and see what I get!!
I tried to pay particular attention to rewarding the slightest try and I think it worked because Renegade knew he “got it” tonight. I was tapping his hip to ask his foot to move closer to the log and I tried to notice when he first “thought” about moving that particular foot. Well, I must have gotten it right because he really put some effort into figuring out what I wanted after that!! And the look on his face when I rewarded him placing his foot on the log, well, his ears pricked forward, he arched his neck a little and nickered at me!!! Sounded so pleased with himself!!!!!!!!!
I'm usually guilty of getting greedy and trying for the whole enchilada but tonight I decided to stop while I was ahead and oh, is that hard for me to do lol!!! I'm really trying to work on myself and stop being so task oriented!! I hope tomorrow night we'll make more progress and get a longer rest of his hind leg on the log, maybe some friendly of his hind leg while it's up there will help. We'll see what happens.