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This month's featured video is a clip from the new Loopy Training DVD. It shows Lucky, a twenty year old Connemara cross, enjoying some fabulous liberty play with his owner, Kate Graham. Kate hosts the Groton Clicker Clinics in upstate New York. Lucky was recovering from a mild round of laminitis so he wasn't participating in that spring's clinic. But I couldn't resist a morning visit. I always enjoy watching Kate and Lucky working together. They are such a fun, joyful team. And I always feel inspired by the work they do together.
For this particular visit Kate wanted me to check on Lucky's walk. She'd been working hard all winter to energize it. The results were quite evident, but what Lucky wanted to show me was his canter!
This clip shows his gorgeous collected canter in-hand. It's an amazing experience to walk next to a cantering horse. The lift you feel under your hand is quite extraordinary. All that power combined with the wonderful self control you see was taught with clicker training.
We needed Lucky to have great self control for another occasion. Lucky and the Groton clinic regulars are featured in one of the photos Vanessa Wright took for her touring library exhibit the Literary Horse. We were honored when she chose him to illustrate one of her favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis' Narnia books. For the photo Lucky got to canter at liberty with a group of clicker enthusiasts running beside him. Thank goodness for all that good emotional control! You can see her "Unicorn photo" in her web site.
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