decided that since she tends to get into my space, to walk her first, on the far side of poles. This worked, so I then did it with the bicycle.
I next took her into the playground and while walking the bicycle, I had her go through all the obstacles. This went well. And I had her walk on the far side of the poles, as I had down in the driveway.
We were ready to roll. I took her out the gate, then onto the road and put the bicycle between me and her. Not a problem. I got on the bicycle on the upper road, and began riding. When she veered into me, right into my path, I speeded up and, in this way, with bicycle, pushed her out of my space.
She did dive for grass a few times, but the grand finale was when I rode alongside her, with the lead on her back. Quite clearly, she has common sense and is going to do just fine.
The bicycle – I’ve since been thinking about how I can further use it in training. Of course, I can have horses run alongside, and in this way get a more consistent trot, and if I have the chutzpah, canter. The bicycle can also be used as a training tool – I am going to have Pete ride it past the horses, going both ways. I may have done this in the past with Raudi – I don’t remember.
I can also use the bicycle as a clicker training obstacle, and teach the horse to turn the wheels. I have done this with Raudi.
Right now, because I’m tired, I can’t think of other things that I might do with the bicycle, but I am sure they will come to mind.
I am most proud of the fact that I chunked things down with Tyra – I didn’t immediately run to the road, hop on the bicycle, and expect that she would know what to do. Instead, I broke things into steps. If I erred at all, it was that I may have done too much with her today. Then again, she seemed to enjoy all that we did.
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