Fortunately most of my customers are absolutely lovely and appreciative of everything I do to help - including the provision of a comprehensive report, general notes and photographs. One such was my morning customer from today.
|Whifflegig is exquisite and I envy any woman who can look good in the rain!|
We've made a start, tidied up his groundwork which was a little erratic, and introduced clickered rewards for coming forward onto the ramp. Rain stopped play after a while and so we ended the session on a good note for today.
|The audience had been told it was a black tie event.|
|Whifflegig thoroughly approved of the introduction of clickered rewards|
I worked with him wearing his normal apparel since he apparently travels well in it; I'm not a great fan of thick travelling boots as I think they can cause more trouble than they solve. We'll also be monitoring the effectiveness of the Western halter.
Jo and Debrah have come down from the Scunthorpe area to work with Magic over the weekend. They are in business using Equine Assisted Learning techniques working with people with learning difficulties and those that have encountered abuse. Debrah also has a Warmblood Filly who is quite shy about having her face touched having worn a foal slip for a while - so often grading requirements force people to rush early training which would have benefitted from more time.
Despite the training we have done so far, Magic is still ambivalent about being touched by a human hand having had who-knows-what experiences in her previous life. Jo and Debrah experimented with different kinds of touch until they found something she really liked...working on the right from the left...
...and the right from the right.
With Julie helping me out today, Tracey and Barbara were taking part in the UK Rescue Organisations' (UKRO) competition in Eastleigh where fire officers from all over the country, including the Animal Rescue Teams, were taking part in their equivalent of the Olympics. Animal Rescue was being showcased for the first time at this event. Tracey and Barbara were to be stranded in a horse drawn carriage with a wheelchair in the back so that firefighters needed to establish just which one of them had a disability.
Barbara adds a dose of absolute reality at these events as her disability is entirely genuine and she needs to be handled with care - by as many firemen as possible!
"It was very good, even though our waterproofs did give up the will to be waterproof!! The other organisations had paid professional actors so we were very proud to be asked which drama school we'd attended!! One fireman commented on how someone so disabled could grip, with her fingernails, so hard to the side of a horse box he said "we didn't know what to do"!!!"