My sister sent me an email to tell me she rode Dante across the river this morning—all by herself. I didn’t even know she was going to try. So I had to call her. She said that at first he tried his spinning, but that didn’t work for him. Then he tried to back up a few times, but that didn’t work for him, either. Then, he put his head down to look at the water. At that point, she knew she had him. She clicked and treated him, so he did it again. she clicked and treated again—and then he stepped in. He was very excited, so she decided she would lead him. They walked for about 20 minutes, turned around and came back. She had to get back on to cross again. He didn’t really want to, but she gently worked him through it—and then they were home!
We planned to try him with Cruiser, tomorrow, so it looks like that will go fine. on Sunday, my younger niece is coming out to ride Ranger with us—so it will be Ranger, Cole and Dante—for the first time. I will let you know how that goes. I think all will be fine. Dante is a very good horse with a very good mind.