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Throughout this challenge, I have been speaking with many different brumby trainers who have stated that the first few weeks were the most difficult for them however I found that this was not the case for me. The past few weeks with Dynamo have been a bit difficult as Dynamo and I have grown apart. I had to remind myself to look at the bigger picture and enjoy the amazing experience. I have been very lucky to be given this opportunity and to make a major difference to one little horses life which will hopefully ensure she has a bright future. I have begun to doubt myself and my experience with horses which is impacting Dynamo as I am not as confident. I have to remind myself that I am in this challenge for a reason and that most kids would not be able to do what myself and the other yearling trainers are doing. It is really amazing that we (young and busy kids) will all be competing in the largest equine showcase in the southern hemisphere with yearling ages brumbies that have only been handled for 150 days.
Last week I left Dynamo in her yard while I worked with her so this week I decided to take her out of her yard and go over a few things that we had learnt previously. Dynamo was very unfocused even though she has been out of her yard heaps of times earlier in the challenge. Towards the end of this week she has been much more calm and focused. She is pushing on me when I am leading her so I had to work on this as well. I did this by getting her to stop and back up before continuing working. When dynamo is unfocused or having a moment I wait a few seconds for her to calm down or regain attention before stepping in and asking her to do something which gets her to focus. I then reward her when she has done it by rubbing her on her neck. Dynamo is also very comfortable with being rugged and now isn’t tense at all. I have also been spending time with her more now and brushing her to get rid of all that hair which has really helped us become closer.
Next week I am wanting to focus on getting everything back up to scratch before a clinic on Sunday the 16th of September. I will do this by consistently working with Dynamo on everything that we have already worked in a logical process.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the Australian Brumby Challenge and for all of those who have supported Dynamo and I through the Australian Brumby Challenge.
Dynamo and I look forward to telling you about our outing on the weekend so if you want to find out more you can follow our journey on instagram by following vba_dynamo or on facebook by liking the page ‘Teagan van Gaans’ and VBA Dynamo.