Piper has been home from her 30 days of training for a week now. It's so nice to have her home, I missed her so much! I'm really enjoying working with her, even though it is a ton of work (not to mention getting up and outside by 6am to work her in the round pen before the heat sets in).
On Wednesday Piper and I went with Colt to a facility on the other side of town that has an obstacle course (like those you see in the Extreme Cowboy Races). EVERYTHING was new for Piper. She was very alert and curious. Some things were easier for her than others, but the goal was that once you committed to an obstacle, you had to get through it, no matter how long it took.
The water obstacle ended up being Piper's problem. We walked up to it, sniffed the water, backed up, went back...over and over. She even watched and "almost" tried to follow the little filly that Colt was riding go through. I wasn't going to give up, but it did seem like she might not go through it.
And then she took one big leap into it! And stopped part way through to taste the muddy water ~ yuck!
She made her way through the rest of the trench and up and out -- see Piper, I told you, NO CROCODILES!
Overall, little Piperoni did awesome! She was so proud of herself after coming out of the water that she let out a big whinny.