Pupils from our lower school had an afternoon out at a local riding stable.
Most pupils on the visit had never been on a horse before so this was a new experience for them. They were very nervous at first but once they were sat on the horses their whole demeanour changed and they became relaxed, calm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They were shown how to sit properly and hold the reins we then went out into the local wooded area and had a lovely slow ride.
By the end of the lesson pupils were talking to the horses and were smiling. They were able to tell us about their experience and how much they liked their horse. They all said it was the best time ever and were looking forward to returning next week.
The University of Nottingham is throwing open its doors to curious minds for a day of hands-on fun. Wonder 2019 will showcase the best of what we do at the University, with an exciting schedule of free activities for all ages.
In Dog Care today, Gryff began his agility training in the school quad.
We started with the tunnel using the command ‘tunnel’ – which Gryff took to quite quickly.
Then we introduced him to the jump using the command ‘over’. The students learned how rushing to push the bar up too quickly resulted in him taking the easier ‘limbo’ route, but they worked hard to correct him.
Finally, we started the learning progression for the tricky ‘weave’ obstacle but we didn’t push Gryff too much as he had worked hard this morning and we didn’t want to overload him. It’s really important to make learning and training fun forGryff.
For the best part of a year, Martina Martin from Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Nottinghamshire, has been kindly visiting our Friday Dog Care option group to share her knowledge and experience of dogs and the working life of a centre manager. Her visits are always interesting and enlightening – today we learned how dog owners’ behaviours can influence their dogs’ behaviours, how to refine a dog’s recall performance and what you can learn from a dog by looking at its poops!
Gryff, our resident school therapy dog – and an ex-Jerry Green rescue dog – is always a topic of conversation, and it was lovely to hear Martina talk about how she has seen Gryff develop over the months since we have had him. Martina also commented on just how knowledgeable the Dog Care students (6 of them in total) have become since studying for their Professional Dog Walker qualification this year. The group are genuinely passionate about dogs and work really hard to develop their understanding dogs and their behaviours.
So, thank you Martina, well done Dog Care students and of course, ‘good boy’ Gryff… you deserve a tasty treat or two for your progress this year.