(I don’t live a superstitious life, but well, Part 13 just feels better as Part 12.5. Ya never know so why test it)
We are seeing a light at the end of this bucking tunnel! Here we are several months into this re-training of Calypso and it couldn’t be going better than this. The results have been inspiring for everyone. We do not believe it harming an animal for compliance, or scaring them, or whatever some people like to do to force compliance. This entire series we’ve been recording and reporting on is a No Harm training method we employ. This method can be applied to any situation. Keep reading and you will see!
Watch this training session. Calypso was feeling her “oats” so to speak…
Calypso was a pill! Before she even starts into the lope you see her shake her head and then she takes off into that wild, out of control, lope stopping to buck every now and again with no pressure from the trainer. She is only asked to keep going and that is the fit Calypso used to put up! The trainer has no whip, there’s no “danger” or pressure. She just didn’t want to be told to lope!
Towards the end of the dry season last year we were having Calypso lope often during her sessions. When she would buck, like every time, strong pressure would be put on her to keep moving. If she’s going to buck, then she’s going to keep on loping. It worked! Calypso has shown us a whole new attitude about loping this year! See for yourself. . .
The progress with Calypso is very rewarding. At this point she is done with bucking at the trot and nearly done with it at the lope. To squeeze the last bit of bucking at the lope out of her we will be pressing her to lope further. Calypso is moving into the lope smoothly, now, but we have not pressed her on. She lopes a couple of times around and slows to a trot. To squeeze out the last of the loping buck from now on, when she slows down to trot she will be pressed to continue loping. She will become irritated that she is not allowed to slow to a trot when she wants to, and that’s what we want. When she’s irritated is when she’s going to pitch a fit, a fit of. . . bucking, right!
We will continue this pressing to lope further until she will continue loping without any signs of pitching a bucking fit. Then, and only then, we will be able to announce that we have Broken the Buck Out of Calypso for good!
Keep watching for more posts!