I was going to up the criteria myself by building on yesterday’s session and see if I could get the butt bar hooked. However, Mother Nature had other plans.
This clip is of the very last bit of a session that lasted just under 9 minutes.
In the middle of a thunderstorm, we worked on just that dealing with that “upping” of criteria. Considering how awful the weather was a week ago when we HAD to ride in the trailer, this was good practice. Atty was a bit unnerved by the storm. When we left the trailer and went back to the paddock, Atty trotted to the hay box under shelter!
He walked out with me to the trailer without the target and he could have turned the other way and gone to grass instead.
In spite of the distractions, I am pleased that he waited for me to get into position for the back-off cue even if he rushed it a bit.