tra la laa la laa it's a sunny day.
The vet-dentist was meant to come today but had to reschedule for tomorrow, so we worked instead.
Ukon in the round pen, paying close attention when I ask him to stand still as I move to the end of the lunge me, then came to me nice and soft when I asked with gentle touch on the line and body language.
Then we lunged at walk again with lovely success as he knew what I wanted this time. One of my dogs got hysterical barking in the face of stoic Arthur the donkey so I paused to put citronella-spray anti bark collar on said dog. I had insisted on Ukon working and ignoring the barking so this was a good experience for him, but I stopped the barking when little puppy started to join in as I don't want puppy learning to bark at donkeys!
Dog barking interruption caused Ukon to lose focus momentarily but as I just asked him to focus, and denied him permission to get in a flap, he re-focused nicely.
Finished with him by grooming a duvet-worth of ginger hair out of his moulting coat......
Then took Riley into round pen and repeated 'stand while I move away, then come to me' exercise. He was less willing to stand while I moved, wanting to come to me but when I wiggled the lead rope to prevent him moving forward he understood what I wanted
and then as soon as I stilled the lead rope and made my body smaller he was straight in.
I know from the Autumn that Riley doesn't lunge well, but is better free schooled in the pen, so I didn't use the lunge line. Instead I set him up and asked for a walk. He headed straight out to the fence where the snow is all melted - I think he thought he might find some grass - and I asked for walk with arm and whip. He attempted to ignore me and I flicked the whip at his hind hocks which was enough to prove that I WAS in a position to control his movements. Then we had to complete circuits of the pen on both reins. He is one lardy unfit horse as this had him blowing a bit!
Grooming for him (enough fur to make it look like it's been snowing black fur) and then back to the field.
Arthur is at his happiest when he has Ukon at his side, and Riley within view. He waited soo patiently while I was working Ukon, watching at the gate of the pen with ultimate donkey patience.