Duh w/t - walk trot - pretty obvious when you think about it. lol
Charligirl, hope I get this right, please spirithorse tell me if I am getting it wrong. When I went to my beginning Level 1 course with Russell Higgins, he talked about the grazing thing. He said not to worry about it, this is meant to be a friendly game, and if your horse is that comfortable with you touching him all over, whirling the string around and slapping the ground and still keep eating then the game is going pretty well. A horse is not going to put his head down to eat (basically a pretty dangerous position for a prey animal) if he doesn't trust you. As to how long to do the games, first of all, the first time you do them it is best to do them in the correct order. Importantly the first 3 games, the other 4 are made up of things you do in the first 3. If you think that on a course you go through all 7 in one day, I think you could say that go at the pace at which you are comfortable. Just remember things don't have to be perfect before you move onto the next one. One other thing, remember that they are games, that the idea is to have fun, once it becomes a chore move onto something else (unless you are waiting for a first slightest try - then you wait). I know at the start they say use your imagination, but once you start trying to do this it is amazing the weird things you can think of to practice the games. (Leading your horse under the washing line of clothes - I'm Mum so am allowed, and it was a row of saddle blankets!!!) I am very Virgo - intense, perfectionist, what a difference when I let go and said this is meant to be fun, I can't wait to get out there and do more and it won't stop raining!!! Hope I haven't gone on too long. Tina
PS Just one more thing, if your horse tries to graze with the other games, up the intensity of the phases, relaxing back a bit when they stop trying to eat. Also if insisting on eating every time you stop, move back into the game, unless you declare it a hang about for a few moments and think about it time, then you are back in the friendly game, but you have to give permission for them to eat. Does that sound right Spirithorse? My horse is not that obsessed with food.