Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Rain and more rain
I have been forced to work Cole on the hill that leads to the river. He is now fine when we are at a walk or if we are trotting away from home. My goal is to trot quietly up the hill. He is good the first time, but the second and third time gets a little trickier. I just stop him when he gets too excited and we walk until he settles down. I don’t click him for trotting quietly, because he stops so reluctantly for his treat that I think a better reward is to allow him to keep going. I do click him for good whoas while going uphill.
There are places that are good to trot when we are going downhill. It is funny that each successive time we go down, he gets faster—very unlike all the other horses I have down this with. They stay the same or slow down the more we do it. After 3 or 4 trips, Cole is burning up the trail. Consequently, working the hill is a good workout for him.
Good thing, since it looks like we will be doing it a lot in the next few days…