Whiskey gets his groove on

What's happening?
What’s happening?

Whiskey is having fun now!  Typically the first three Parelli Games, if it leaves your horse wondering, well, the ones following, they start to have fun with!  Whiskey is no exception!  He was ready to see what I had for him!

waiting, comfortable in our own space.
waiting, comfortable in our own space.

I built on the first three games, and we were able to progress rather quickly, with appropriate licking and chewing.  Soft and responsive on the Porcupine Game, really good at the Driving Game with the disengagement, a little slower on moving the front shoulder.  Whiskey is rather a sneaky pete on the back-up, wants to move forward, even just a step, but with consistency, he softened and said “OK”.  That was super!

This is my human, she likes to wiggle the rope!
This is my human, she likes to wiggle the rope!

I interspersed some stepping over poles, and played with backing up over the pole, taking one step at a time over a pole, watching where he was putting his feet!

oh. . .I see now
oh. . .I see now

Whiskey didn’t know what to make of the Parelli Yo-Yo game, I gave him a little help with some Porcupine and Driving game.  He stayed in his space, and was soft, that was great!

Sending. . . .
Sending. . . .

The Parelli Circle Game took a little reminding to stay out on the circle, he gave the typical “quit” response when I wasn’t looking!  He came in, disengaging, really giving that one some thought!

maintain gait, and direction
maintain gait, and direction

Whiskey’s having fun!  We ended up with a little grooming and Ttouch, and guess what???  He engaged me with his right eye on his right side without my having to ask!  I rewarded with a carrot!

IMG_0568Stay tuned!  How’s your groundwork and partnering up coming along?

I’d love to hear!

Terri

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Terri Hughes

I live, work, and play in Spokane, Washington with my daughter, and a variety of four-leggeds, all of which you will meet in the published articles! I am a student of natural horsemanship. A lifelong love of horses has led me to backcountry riding and camping, lessonwork in reining and dressage, previously experiencing endurance riding and gaming. I'm always learning from my horses!

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