Thursday, April 21, 2011

You knew this was coming

A new saddle for Jennifer equals a new performance event for Basil.  Today she tackled Western Trail.
Surprisingly, rats are not particularly adept at trotting over ground poles.  First we had refusals.
Then she had to taste the poles...
And sit on them!
Things got worse before they got better.  For a while I doubted she would ever catch on.
We decided to take a break and regroup.
The rat wrangler gave Basil a pep talk...
and a quick refresher course in ground pole technique.
Basil said a little prayer...
and crossed the poles like a champion!
Yay, Basil!

14 comments:

  1. You could start a whole little segment on the blog: The Adventures of Basil! A great new feature like the Tack Tips!

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  2. naaw! Basil is sooo cute!! she looks good in that saddle too!!

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  3. Rolling on the floor... I'm a Basil fan!

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  4. Oh my gosh! I am laughing hysterically! It's a good thing she doesn't find leather very tasty ;)...

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  5. LOL! LOVE Basil :) Such a good rat!

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  6. Awwwwwww! Has she tried any cross country yet? XD

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  7. Go Rat go!! ;-))))

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  8. Love love love Basil! While I never tacked up our rat Mokey (named after the Summer Pony/Winter Pony books) I believe she would have tolerated it well, she had a great personality.

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  9. Mokey is a great name for a rat!

    I don't think Basil minds the saddles at all. She hardly seems to notice them and will wash her face and eat treats with one sitting on her back! She's really a good rat (even if she isn't good at trot poles!).

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  10. Jennifer, why don't you write and illustrate children's books?

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  11. This is sooo adorable, it sure was the cutest refusal that I ever saw.
    And as usual, ground-work is the key to success.
    Very priceless! :D

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  12. What a gorgeously cute rattie! It's obvious that she doesn't mind the saddle. Makes a great publicity series LOL

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  13. Like the rat performance! One of my cats did not completely fail show jumping. Even with her flabby gut she managed to walk over the jump I had sitting out on the table without knocking it down! Though I've never tried to get her to do it on purpose. :D

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