Shiraz and I took the 20-day challenge for February but only got in 5 sessions. The weather was awful and footing solid ice. Shiraz’s bravery stunned me.
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.
One of my biggest takeaways from this challenge was seeing how cumulative the CT despooking exercises are. Remember the sessions with the ghost? Shiraz was timid and fearful and clearly only touched that thing because she wanted to please me (and get her reward). I’m sure the ghost despooking sessions contributed to her casual acceptance of these streamers.
As with Jalila, on March 2, I had no intention of asking Shiraz to pass through the curtain, and you can hear my reaction. We did our early spring groom before filming. So beautiful!
I couldn’t turn her loose because we were not in an enclosure, but this work is to be continued!