What a lovely week in Nebraska! 😉 Upper 90's Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 105º on Thursday, & 55º & raining on Friday.
While the weather made for shorter sessions this week, Roach has continued to progress. He did get to stay with his pen mates for one more week so that he'd have access to shade during the heat. Upon first catching, he starts out quite nervous, but the amount of time it takes to settle is decreasing. We've continued to work on Desensitizing to the Lead Rope & Stick & String & he hasn't wanted to kick at the rope around his hind legs much since last week. We touched on Yielding the Hindquarters, Yielding the Forequarters, & Backing to begin getting better control of his body & establish my personal space. While he's never offered anything serious, he does often have the tendency to want to push against pressure with his face as a means of protecting himself & could potentially do the same with the rest of his body, especially his shoulders, so nipping that in the bud is a priority. Once he understood that I could move his body away from me, he was much more at ease & willing.
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.