This is the video of the latter part of the first time Smokey was in a round pen free longeing. He is picking up on hand signals, voice signals and body language super fast right now. I’m able to send him off by basically pointing (you can see me “leading” him with the hand I don’t have the training flag in when he slows or stops).
We had a really great session with minimal freakouts. He likes to try to stop and eat the grass under the fence panels, but responds to the training flag pretty readily. You’ll notice that he does kind of lose it once during this video, but it’s mostly because he’s mad I won’t let him stop and eat. He’s getting more and more comfortable with the training flag, but less and less tolerant of doing things he doesn’t like to do. I think it’s actually a good sign that he’s getting more comfortable doing things that made him uncomfortable in the past.
We’ll be working on changing directions (I can get him to go both directions free longing!) in the next few sessions. Right now, we’re rained out for the day – seems it’s monsoon season. I’m also planning on letting him out into a paddock tomorrow afternoon barring any complications, of course.