Here is the uneditted video of Bella and Jack's first ever little demonstration. I had to give up on the retrieve as the wind was howling, as you can hear, and my plastic dog toy retrieve object kept blowing away. I must teach them to pick up some other things as I've done very little of this.
The yell in the middle isn't me - it's my camera person shouting at her mare who was sqealing at the pony she's turned out with.
I had to put a headcollar on Jack because if I don't lead him up to his step he tries to climb on the edge of it and falls off, as you will see from the one time I didn't lead him. Apart from that I never touched them at all to move them - it's all done by mirroring, targeting or suggested pressure.
I am very, very proud of them both and the way they concentrated, tried their hearts out for me in front of their first audience and stuck to me like glue brings tears to my eyes. I am so grateful to them both and thankful that they are mine, and that they always choose to play with me and to stay with me, and to give me their all.
I hope you love them too.
This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......