I worked ten hours today, came home and helped Shea, Mike and Liz lasso Rain so we could put her little halter on her. I held Dancer most of the time. She seemed to find the whole episode rather amusing until the first time Mike got the rope on Rain. She (Rain) pitched a screaming fit and threw herself over backwards. Mike grabbed her and tried to ease the lasso off of her before Liz slid the halter on her. Bad idea - she jumped free and we had to start all over again.
The second time Mike got a rope on her, he did it just the way I hoped he would, and Rain reacted just exactly the way I predicted she would. He got a loop on her that didn't go around her neck - she had one leg through it so that it went around both her neck and her chest so it didn't choke her - she just couldn't move. She just relaxed and stood stock still and was even sniffing the halter and giving me kisses while I put it on her. It was like she was saying "okay, getting caught isn't so bad after all. Besides, I get apples!"
Of course, when we let her go she had to run around like a speed demon until Dancer decided she had acted like a fool long enough and put her foot down. Rain stopped immediately and walked up to Dancer like she was saying "but Mom, it itches!"
We left a lead rope attached to the halter, and believe it or not, Mike picked up the rope and gave it a tug, and she actually yielded to the rope and took a couple of steps in the direction of the tug. Mike was smart enought to immediately turn loose of the rope - release of pressure is a reward. Rain won't be hard to lead break after all. She sure is a smart little baby brat!
Shea is going to get pix of Rain in her new halter tomorrow.