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Dynamo and I have had a very positive week. We have worked on trotting while being led. She will now follow me and trot when I ask and stop when I stop. She is now really responsive to my leading instructions. This has set her up nicely for trot-up’s at events or pony club games.
This week was the first week that I’ve worked on covering Dynamo with a tarp. She has previously walked all over the tarp, even when it has been flapping in the wind. This week I slowly ran it over her body and then draped it over her. She was curious rather than scared, which seems to be her general nature. All of my other ponies were initially scared when I first brought out the tarp but Dynamo walked straight up to it. This is why I feel she will make a great pony club mount in the future. She really is an amazing brumby! She is now very comfortable with it dragging behind her which I am very happy about.
I also decided to get Dynamo use to an umbrella as I noticed this was a part of the 2016 Australian Brumby Challenge in the obstacle class. She was fine with it being next to her or touching her even when I was shaking it. She was also very happy when it was opened. She was a little unsure of it when it was opened above her however she very quickly understood what I was wanting her to do.
Warmer weather this week during the day has meant a lot more work with taking her rug on and off. She has been enjoying rolling in the paddock and being groomed by my other ponies. She has certainly made herself one of the herd.
Next week I plan to introduce her to a few new obstacles and try out her costume for EQUITANA.
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