After a brief bonding session with Pony Sue rather than a lesson, and a really good lesson with Kat today (which will show up this week as a post), I decided to push my luck and also work on Dante’s ground manners. He’s a sensitive horse, a bit flighty and headshy, but generally wants to have peace and understanding. (Don’t we all?)
I grabbed up Dante, my training stick, the halter and long lead and went out into the pasture for some relaxing assessment of his status. First I decided to do some desensitization with the training stick aka carrot stick because I wanted to make sure that when I unfurled it, that he wasn’t going to climb up me like a cat climbs up a tree.
I went ahead and started to desensitize him, but Kat – the mare – had such a good lesson that I suppose she wanted yet another. So she came over and stood beside him while I was working. Fair enough.
As I was tossing the stick’s string over him, it kept hitting her. That is when I realized what a great opportunity this was. Kat was modeling how NON-monsterous the training stick was for Dante! I was so tickled that I went ahead and made this video. Forgive its quality – I made it on my phone which I keep now for safety when out working horses alone. I think you can see that the horses were easily desensitized. 🙂