Moondance's round pen work continues.
He gets rather exuberant when I take him out of the pen to go to work; he reminds me a lot of Nitro that way. Sometimes I just have to let him cavort and get it out of his system before he can settle down into learning mode.
Well all right then, lets see if you will wear it today!
This is how we started:
Willing but a little nervous at first. I don't really call that fearful, as his flight instinct got overruled by his curiosity.
We did more tarp work, but got interrupted by a barnyard duet....
I was a little concerned that they would erupt into an all out fight and that it would set Moondance off at an inopportune moment, but they disappeared shortly thereafter.
Moondance is an interesting study for me. He is going through a phase where he has to stop and consider things... sometimes for waaaay too long (20 minutes to decide to go in the barn the other day!!!) He absolutely cannot be coerced or forced into doing anything and then once he decides that everything suits him, he does the asked for task. He doesn't do anything, just stands there and looks at me. Then, he will do it at his own pace. Going into the barn - which is where he gets his ration, which he loves- once he has decided to go in he slowly walks the length of the aisle, and inspects every. single. thing. on the way- stuff he has walked by dozens of times! However, I can also back him all the way out of the barn (about 20 ft.) including the step down at the entrance!
When I started asking him to go around me on the long line, he got a little ramped up, and sassy, and ended up turning several times and getting himself all wrapped up in the line including getting it under his tail; I just dropped the line and let him sort it out himself- he circled a few times and I thought he was going to get dizzy and fall down, but he stopped moving his feet just short of that.
After that, he was pretty easy to get along with, and we ended the session with a few little circles on about 10 ft. of line, and a nice session with the tarp, a big improvement from how we started.