A lot of times when Dikales & I are just hanging out ,I'll walk to the pedestal and point to it , and he'll usually just step on up , there he will receive his favorite belly scratches
He will stand like that for a long time.
Then maybe I'll just walk away and he'll come down and follow me and we'll play can you put your foot here , I'll start first and then he'll mimic...then I'll extend a leg then another and before you know it he'll offer Spanish walk. We do have a lot of fun in our sessions together.
I'm at a boarding barn ..where lots of people do Parelli(which was helpful for us in the beginning to an extent for friendly games and respecting space) But....I have moving away from the "stick" and using just the slightest cues from my body.That's the way I want to communicate w/ my horse& he is responding .He's probably thinking..."Ahhh, finally she's got it
Anyways back to the barn ...I have friends there ..and I don't want to be judgemental...but everyone is sooo task orientated...do this do that w/ their horses. And to me do this & do that= doo-doo.
And then it's saddle up and do this & do that and more tasks.
I guess what I am trying to convey is that calm games are good
and we do a lot of that, so much so that I'm always being asked "your not going to ride him today
?" And I just smile and say"No....not today"
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