I was playing around in photoshop with one of Chrome's pictures way too late last night... what do you think?
Well, we had our first shot at a longe lesson and although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't great either. I think instead of calling it a lesson we will call it . . . testing the waters to see what he remembers (and to see if I'm coordinated enough to hold a line, whip, clicker and treats lol)? I've only worked on longeing one other time almost a year ago when he was gelded (has it really been that long??) because he had to be trotted twenty minutes a few days to keep his incision from closing.
So he definitely seems to remember walking around me in a circle, but wasn't too thrilled about trotting. I think he was just being lazy because the ground was sloped and wet (we don't have any flat spots for longeing) and the flies were bothering him horribly!! So we will try again with copious amounts of fly spray next time lol. I don't think I'm going to ask him to trot next time since we need to work on relaxation and voice cues. The only reason I want to do any longeing is to teach him to ground drive and we won't be trotting in long lines for a while so we don't have to worry about that right now. :)
So any suggestions on what we need to work on (besides me not nagging? and being more prepared and coordinated?)? He finds loneging so boring and tedious, so I don't want to work on it too long. I just want to practice whoa some and then try ground driving again so we won't be stuck on circles (and bored!). :) Here's the video:
Here are some pictures for the people who can't view videos.
Thanks for watching. We look forward to your comments. :D
P.S. We did work in the other direction too. :) I just didn't get video of it. Oh and we worked on it for less than ten minutes.