Lady has been a training Rockstar. Some days are better than others, which is normal and expected.
Interestingly, Lady seems to be either into her training session or her treatment each day – but often not both. Thankfully, the task she applies her effort to changes. Some days it’s part of her spunky attitude of “Ok, I’ve done enough for today; I’ll do the rest halfway” or “I’ll try harder later, but I’m not there yet.” Other days it’s very different and it can be hard to tell the reasoning behind it. Sometimes an outside stimulus is clearly distracting or she’s tired. Other days it’s nothing we can put our finger on, we just adjust as we go along. Just like us, we all have our days.
As we’ve mentioned before, her total daily morning routine is around 45 minutes. While Karissa is here, we are adding in a brief afternoon training session at a training wall in the habitat some days, which still leaves her with almost 23 hours each day of free time. Nevertheless, we gladly accept whatever effort she wants to give each day towards her training or treatment program. It’s kind of like living with a human teenager. ?
Usually, Lady’s training is in the stall while we prep her chute, but the other day, Scott asked for her back feet while she was in the chute. We weren’t sure what was going to happen, and we certainly didn’t expect her to perfectly, immediately present her foot. But she did. Perfectly. Immediately. She’s amazing. She presented both rear feet in the chute that day.
In the past few days, we have started asking for her front feet using the target pole. She has presented her right front foot a couple of times now.
These are both fantastic steps towards getting her feet the in-depth work that they so desperately need. We are so proud.
Picture is of Lady, in the habitat, eating her dinner.
March 1, 2020