December 11, 2009
I worked Jackson just for a little bit. I
wanted to just play around in the snow and
see what happened. Keeping in mind what Romy
said on the Patience thread (Link),
I didn't grab my whip, just the cordeo and
only that because I wanted to ride a little
bit in the open.
First I wanted to work on the sit down. I
haven't worked on that for a couple of
weeks. Jackson has a slight aiming problem.
He really gets into sitting down, but he
often ends up sitting on just one edge of
the hay bale. I guess it will be easy to
transition to sitting on something lower as
he almost ends up sitting on the ground.
Anyway, I wasn't even touching him, just
telling him to sit and he was really trying.
Big progress for us. He has so much TRY! I
think that has been coming gradually since I
started the clicker training and since I
taught him to sit down. That really was the
first time I paid attention to what he
wanted to do. Since I have been letting him
decide which exercises he wants to do (to
some degree), he has been super willing to
Again, that kind of behavior is new to me.
It is wonderful though. Today, Jackson
decided to follow me around like a dog. My
dad and I had to feed our cows. We are
feeding round bales and need to use the skid
steer. Jackson decided that he wanted to
come into the cows pasture while we were
feeding them. He followed me and stood right
next to me and the running skid loader while
I cut the net wrap off. It was a lot of fun!
We did a little rearing and some front
crunches which he really seems to enjoy.
Don't ask me why. Then we rode around a
little bit, but he wasn't under that much
control. We need to do more focused work on
the riding. But he felt good, so we did some
All in all, a very fun, low pressure day!
February 05, 2013