Yesterday, I did our At Liberty work in the pasture to see if I could keep Tumbleweed's connection when there was more to compete for his attention--greening grass, an Irish Wolfhound who likes to herd and play with him, and room to run.
*Remember, I do use treats in the "treat position"--both handler and horse facing the same direction, horse's head points forward, raise treat to mouth. I don't treat him all the time, but enough that this 'following' that he naturally does is becoming a more deeply ingrained habit. If not for the sporadic, specifically timed treats, I don't think we'd have had this connection in the field.
That said, here are two very short videos. Short, because I don't have a PIVO, goshdarnit, and for half the time I was out of the camera's view.
In yesterday's post I said that this at liberty work might teach me what my horse will do when surprised by....fill in the blank....a barking dog. Well, here it is: At Liberty with a barking dog.