I am getting Morris ready for long-reining. It is now two weeks since Morris has been in training with the bridle and bit: or to put it more accurately, he has had just four sessions. Thanks to Cait, who has experience with horses and did the first few sessions putting the bit into Morris’s mouth, the first stage was completed without too much panic. Now it is possible to get the bit in straight away, as Morris knows what to expect.
This video shows how well he is doing. In fact, I was holding the reins with one hand while taking this film, and Morris was behaving exceptionally well. He even gets a cheer from the other three donkeys at the end of the walk!
The plan is to get Morris trained to pull the cart, then I can attach two more donkeys behind the cart and take them all for a walk at the same time. It’s early days yet, but Morris is learning fast.