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Selena Ride 15: Apple Jacks and Ooby Dooby

August 27, 2009

Wizard

Wednesday, 8/26/09

Selena and I worked on a little clicker training before our ride- she remembered our previous sessions perfectly and is targeting objects very well. She is a very sweet and willing horse who likes people- she follows without a lead rope and seems to genuinely enjoy our sessions. I tacked her up and rode in my dressage saddle with a gel pad. The saddle felt very secure and the sweat marks were more even at the end of the ride. We did a similar ride to our session on Tuesday, warming up at a walk and then working on quiet, consistent walk-trot transitions. We did ten in each direction. Out of the ten in each direction, I really liked about two of them. I was very happy to see progress, even from the day before.

Wizard had been bitten by some awful New Jersey August bug and had welts all over his chest, neck, and the front of his barrel. They were itchy but not open so I just kept everything clean and dry. He seemed a little stiff, possibly from the bites or possibly from the long walk the day before. We worked on some low-key clicker games and he was quite happy to do so. We did some targeting and then moved on to a new behavior, “dancing”! It seems like a fun way to work on body awareness, something that will benefit Wizard under saddle.

Check out the video below to get an idea of where we’re going with this…

I started by standing next to him. I lifted my left leg and crossed it over in front of my right and at the same time, touched Wizard’s left side with my right hand, cueing him to step forward and to the side with his left front leg. He naturally moved away from the pressure and I clicked and gave him a treat, Apple Jacks :^) We repeated this a few times. As he becomes more adept at the behavior, I’ll be able to remove the hand cue and instead cue him with my leg.

What’s the plan for tomorrow? A spa day for Selena and more dancing with Wizard :^)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 8:00 am

    Such a lovely horse! That’s a wonderful photo. It captures the strength and grace so well. Beautiful. Reminds me of the bay OTTB mare I had as a teen.

  2. August 27, 2009 9:56 am

    “Hey baby, jump over here, when ya do the ooby dooby I just gotta be near, ooby dooby…”

  3. August 27, 2009 9:58 am

    Ooby dooby, ooby dooby, ooby dooby… ooby dooby.

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