Today was kind of different. First Dad left the gate to the sheep and Alpace pen unlatched. That meant I had to go and get them back where they belonged. It wasn't all that hard but it just took time. Then Mom and I had a talk. I am filling out the paperwork for Districts and Mom thinks that Angel should go. Most days Angel can be found playing in the pasture and if Coop and Ice are being worked she is doing everything she can to keep up. Check her out... There is no doubt in my mind or Mom's that Angel is ready for a job on the farm.
As you can tell she has energy and seem pretty fit now. So Mom decided it was time for her to go into training. First she had to teach Angel and I the pattern. I have watched Barrels but never run them, nor have I ever even thought of training a horse to do them. We started out walking the pattern. Mom had me walk it left and right to figure out what pattern fit Angel best. She thinks the right in Angel's stronger pattern but we will see when we really get her going. We aren't telling Dad about this either because he doesn't think that I should enter her. At least this secret won't have me bringing home anymore mouths to feed ... Right??? LOL
After we walked it a few time I got on her back. I will train her bareback until she gets the pattern down and can do it without getting so winded. Mom says the last two weeks before she goes to Districts we will saddle her up and dress her out. Districts is in May so we have plenty of time to get her going good.
To be honest Angel did the best when Mom ran the pattern in front of her and clicked to her. As you can tell she isn't even upset by the wind. Most horses spook in the wind even Ice and Coop. I wanted Mom to get Video of Angel following her but for some reason though Mom felt it was a bit much to get video while running the barrel pattern with a horse following close behind her. Mom didn't even have to use the reins to get her to follow and do what she wanted. Animals just seem to understand Mom and do what she wants no matter what. It is weird. And just so you know Mom didn't cut that last video off the batteries died. Sorry I will try to get a better one tomorrow.