This afternoon, my two boys, Indy and Rocky, got a chance to work together. While Indy has visited the barn before, this is the first time he's been out while I'm riding Rocky.
Not knowing if Indy would understand that "heel" still means "heel" when I'm on a horse, we started off with Indy on lead until he could get the hang of things.
In no time, Indy was gaiting along off lead with Rocky like a pro!
Indy and Rocky practiced the hock, stay, and recall exercises. I'd also say we practiced the distraction exercise, since the herd of horses from the barn was following us along the fence line, and our resident mini goats were in a pen adjacent to the riding ring, so Indy had plenty of distractions to work through!
Although we have much training yet to do to be ready for a road trial, Indy did great with Rocky and seemed to enjoy himself.
As for Rocky, he celebrated his new partnership with the spotted dog by a nice roll in the dirt to cool off once he was turned back out into the pasture!