Jalila and I took the 20-day challenge for February but only got in 5 sessions. The weather was awful and footing solid ice. Still, her progress was remarkable.
I didn’t expect issues passing under the archway because, as you can see in the background of the video, my gates are the bow-style and have a top bar for support.
Our February 11th session puzzled me. Life is a game for Jalila and when she doesn’t step up to play, something is wrong. That day, she was not her usual brave and engaged self. I didn’t see it in real time but in the video, it looks like her feet are sore, which could be due to her insulin resistance and/or walking on solid ice for a month.
One of my biggest takeaways from this challenge was seeing how cumulative the CT despooking exercises are. Remember the sessions with the ghost? I’m sure they contributed to the ready acceptance of these streamers.
The last segment of the video was taken on our fifth and final day, March 2. I had no intention of asking Jalila to pass through the curtain since it was only the second presentation of flowing streamers. You can hear my surprise and how pleased I was. We did our early spring groom before filming. So beautiful!
I couldn’t turn her loose because we were not in an enclosure, and, though while working, I feel like I keep the rope slack, I see in the video that It could be loser.
This work is to be continued!