This week, we continued to work on Bend at the Walk, Bending Transitions, Vertical Flexion at the Standstill, Walk, & Trot, Shoulder In/Out, Two Tracking, Stopping & Backing, Neck Reining, & the Cloverleaf Exercise. We also had a nice breakthrough with our Turnarounds after introducing Sidepassing Circles & Forward & Around. He no longer sees the Turnaround as being in such a bind but as a release. This will bring about a huge improvement in Cody's anxiety.
Cody is happy to have a new buddy since his other two buddies left at the end of May. Cody & Roam formed fast friends with absolutely zero "get to know each other" funny business.
Today, Cody had a full-blown bath & had his mane braided & tail wrapped. Aside from the flies being quite bothersome & being sensitive to the water on his upper neck, he did great.
I had hoped to move Cody into a shank bit this evening, but following his bath, we found our favorite cat, which was one of our original five, in poor condition & had to make an after-hours trip to the vet.
This weekend, Cody will make the trip back to Pierce with us for the first of his owner lessons.
Next week, we'll continue to work on these exercises & move to a shank bit.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.