Jumping Teamwork

By Terry Golson


Tonka and I continue to learn to jump as a team. I listen to our trainer, Steph, and then try to convey her advice about how to approach the obstacles to Tonka, but he has his opinions about the best way to do it. When Tonka gets frustrated, his way of going solo is to jut his under neck out to avoid listening to me. In our last lesson I let him know that this was unacceptable. If he wanted to go like a camel, then we’d trot past the jumps, not go over them. That changed his mind rather quickly!  Here’s how it went:


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