Well my plans from my blog post earlier changed today. But I still had a great day and learned a lot. I love using my flip video. It really lets me see later what I am actually doing wrong. I posted a video below of nothing perfect, but I am posting it to show you what I learned today. The first video is Enzo and I learning the Parelli circle game starting at a trot going into a canter. This is only our second time for both of us. I don't work tons on circles, since Enzo is still young and I am keeping his joints safe as he matures. I only work on circles a few times a month. Enzo is a LBI (left Brain introvert). Meaning Enzo does not like to move at all. So I am also trying to keep Enzo exuberant in the Parelli circle game as well. I did manage to keep the exuberance for my LBI, and Enzo did blow out once during the circle game today, yeahhhhh Enzo!!! But my change of direction pretty much sucked! I didn't back up enough to get my draw from Enzo and then I just tried to save the turn by basically pulling on Enzo's face. Not very pretty and I will make a huge note in my brain! Hey, we all have to start somewhere and we all are not Pat Parelli who gets to be with, and ride his horses 6 to 8 hours a day. Man, the things I would know if I could work with horses 6 hours a day. So all I wanted to mention, was that I know this was not the best video, or prettiest video. But I am pleased Enzo was exuberant and that he did blow once during the game. Enzo was a perfect student, now just his teacher (me) has to polish up her act, LOL! I am sure Enzo would agree! I also need a new Parelli 45 foot line. If you noticed it's a jumbled mess in the video! We have calcium chloride in our arena to keep the dust down. But my Parelli cotton lines absorb all the calcium chloride and the ropes weigh about 50 pounds I swear, LOL. Unless, I wash my cotton ropes after every time I use them, but during winter that is too hard. But the 45 foot line does not absorb the calcium chloride, so I like using the 45 rope better. But this is the old line and as I do more and more circles the rope will ball up in a knot. The new 45 lines come with a swivel snap and will help prevent knots forming as your horse circles. It also doesn't help that I am using the line as a 20 foot line. Which also is not the correct way to use this rope. But again, I am only using it, because of the calcium chloride and the arena is also too small for a 45 foot line. Anyway, I mentioned I am really working on trying to get Enzo mentally relaxed and to blow out. Enzo did it 4 times on the way up to the barn today. I got Enzo to blow out 2 separate times in the indoor arena today, and Enzo blew out another 3 times going back down to the barn. So all and all I am soooo happy that I am getting Enzo to blow more than he has in his entire life so far. I will keep working on things. I also worked on Parelli on line sideways over barrels, figure 8, yo yo, and driving from zone 3 today. By the end of the session I think we were both pooped and looked forward to a good drink. As a good leader should. I went and got Enzo a bucket of water and he drank half. I also enjoyed my bottled water. I made lots of mental notes in my head today. I am working on my personal space. Enzo always wants to barge into my space, even if it's a slight nudge with his nose forward. But with Enzo being left brain this can get out of hand fast. So I need to keep him in balance more. I also am not a constant cookie dispenser anymore. My friend pointed out once it's ok to give treats, but being a regular basically for no reason treat dispenser is bad. I was so amazed at all the things Enzo could do and do with me, without getting cookies every single second. Very cool! This is no insult to my equine clicker training friends! I just need to find out what works for me in the Parelli program, when it comes to cookies. All and all I think we both left today licking and chewing our lips a lot and have a lot to sleep on tonight. Enzo will get the day off tomorrow and I will spend Sunday playing with Kaspin. Since there just was not enough hours in the day today to play with both my boys.
Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment! keep it natural~ Janine,Enzo, and Kaspin!