So... it was -9 this morning when we went out to do that video. My toes and fingers and face were frozen! Poor Remington was shivering, so I put him in a stall for the day.
We are working hard on our ground work, because I am not going to overlook that area of the competition! Over 35 trainers in the first competition scored a 0 on the in hand portion.
After my last post, I got some pretty good advice from a few of my fellow trainers. It was great to talk with them about the way things are going, and to learn a little more about training mustangs, as this is my first attempt.
The most important advice though was to do things at my own pace and not worry about how everyone else is doing. I am proud of Remington and all of the things he's accomplished so far. The biggest challenge has been the "bridge". You will see at the end of the video how well he does with it, but I spent 2 and a half hours out with him on Thursday trying to get him up on that thing. He just didn't know how to pick up his feet that high, and he wouldn't look at it. I would walk him right up to it and his feet would hit it and he'd stop dead in his tracks. I worked on getting him to lower his head so he could take a look at it. That didn't help much, but it was a valuable lesson none the less. Next I would set his foot on the bridge for him, just to show him that it could be done. I think he found it amusing that I was trying to make him move his feet... He finally did figure it out, but it was a struggle, and looking back, I shouldn't have asked him at that time. I should have worked on crossing over obstacles that are flush with the ground as opposed to raised. It's over and done with though and Remington learned one thing...
I'm more stubborn than he is!