I'm so excited!! I had my first ever cordeo training session with Chrome yesterday!! And it went so fantastic! If you don't know what a cordeo is, it is basically just a rope that goes around their neck. Here is a nice, short article that I like explaining why to use a cordeo (http://equestrianharmony.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/why-use-a-cordeo-in-training/). For our first session we worked on backing and he did so well! I was using really, really light pressure with the cordeo and he was responding so well. Backing up is not his most favorite activity so I'm very happy with how quickly he figured it out. I'm going to keep working on backing (and try to get his head down in a more relaxed position), then work on steering (like neck reining). Eventually I will start to use it under saddle (uh bareback?). I'm so excited. I think this will help him make the transition a lot easier. :D
And don't worry, I did get video. Check it out!
If you can't see YouTube videos check it out here on photobucket: http://s617.photobucket.com/albums/tt257/achieve1dream/?action=view¤t=6-12-12-ChromesFirstCordeoTrainingSession.mp4. And a couple of pictures for people who can't watch the videos. :)
I lift the cordeo and use gentle pressure to ask him to back up.
He responds by easily backing up four to six steps at a time.
We stop for our treat.
And then I ask again. (He looks so butt high because he's facing downhill.)
And after all our work (play!) is done we end with a smile!!