The jump stands are both busted on the bottom and would not stay upright with the weight of the rail #@$%#&*+%$#, so I did a Pete (doing a Pete means figuring out something more practical and innovative). This involved cutting a lightweight pole and using it as the cross rail. It worked perfectly.
When done, I first took Tyra through the course. She did just fine. The first obstacle is the costume obstacle. The horses don’t like things on their heads. In past years I’ve put leg wraps on them and a matching Christmas tree stand wrap. This year I lucked out. I found a large cloth wreath at the thrift store. It even has bells on it. I can slip it over their heads quite easily. Even Tyra was okay with this. One of the obstacles in the Medium level course is a snow berm – Tyra’s supposed to walk over it with me behind her. She hesitated the first time, but quickly caught on.
Hrimmi was next. I’m doing the Advanced Two Star course with her. No problems at all. She was a little nibbly, but otherwise she was focused on the task at hand.
And Lastly, I did Raudi who I also will work at the Advanced Two Star Level. Lately she hasn’t been too keen on backing through things. This time, she has to walk through the tunnel/grotto and also back through the festive streamer curtain. I used the clicker and chunked the obstacles down when she refused to back through the curtain. By chunking down, I mean I took her the far way through it and then backed her, in increments. This worked.
I finished just in time for the farrier visit. This too went well. Each day that goes well means the next one will go even better. I’m getting more agile and so are they.
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