Galahad and I have signed up for our first trec event in December. Both a training day and a mini competition. I have no idea how Galahad will cope with all the scary obstacles but he will never cope if we don’t try. It will also be his first time in an indoor school but hopefully that won’t be too much of an issue. He has been in barns before which ought to help.
There is no real way to prepare him for what we might find when we are there. Any obstacles I create will be different to the ones we find elsewhere and no matter how comfortable he gets with mine he will be back at square one when we go out.
However, I am hoping that by introducing Galahad to as many scary obstacles as possible I can make it easier for him on the day. Today I built an obstacle course along our lane – it is now definitely too wet to use the field.
We had a rope gate – which went a lot better than I expected. We managed to open it and go through without dropping the rope. I couldn’t close it again because the bank was in the way but Galahad was brilliant.
We also had cones to weave through, a tarpaulin to walk over, a board to walk on, things to step over, narrow spaces to squeeze through and a rope to duck under. A lot of the obstacles were similar to things he has seen before so were navigated without too much trouble.
The only real issue we had – and he wasn’t panicking – was walking under the rope. The rope itself was fine but I had draped a sheet over one end which was a bit too scary. I got off and led him under a few times then got back on and he went under with no fuss at all. I was so proud of him!
After all that hard work I was a bit irresponsible and let him eat some grass which is not normally something he is allowed to do when wearing a bridle. I hope it doesn’t put ideas in his head!