More handling practice yesterday, more struggling with threadles and back sides of jumps. I've never had that big of a problem with threadles in lessons (don't think I've ever seen one in a trial) but I've been struggling with them the past 2 weeks. I guess it depends on what happens after the threadle. And sending the dog over the back side of a jump then doing a front cross, yeah, if anyone has any tips on how to do that it'd be great because I have no clue. I can pull it off once by magic then the rest of the time Strum won't take the jump. Sometimes he runs past it and yesterday he was actually pulling off it and running back around the sending side of the jump to me. There's a bit on the video at around 2:20 but of course the send part is partially off camera. The courses can be seen here. We did the 2 on the bottom that didn't use the tunnel. The back side of jump/front cross thing was in the course on the lower right, 8 (weaves) to 9 to 10. Things were set really tight due to space limitations and normally this makes things easier for me but not so with this practice.
Oddly enough the thing I struggled with the most other than the back side of jump/front cross thingy was the #14 jump in the first exercise (course shown in lower left corner). The jump was set farther out of the circle then shown on the map and if I pulled away laterally to get ahead he'd come right with me and leave out the jump. This happened about a zillion times. I edited it out of the video because watching that over and over would have made you scream for mercy. It's a simple lateral send but I had to stop and make sure he was practically taking off before moving laterally or he pulled off it. Something to practice maybe even in my backyard with just one jump. We've done it a zillion times but it's so different with motion on a course. I was also frustrated with myself for making the same mistake over and over. Apparently the focus/mental management thing has not sunk in. I'm not sure where my brain wanders off to sometimes when I'm running that poor dog. Strummy did awesome, he was trying his best to sort out my fumblings and had a great time anyway. No problem with his mental management or attitude.
I ran out of tape for the third exercise so I don't have that on video. We improvised and did a more straightforward running type course and we did much better with that. Was good to end on a high note. The tight trappy technical international type courses are interesting to work on for a change but I'm glad I don't have to do that kind of thing all the time. The regular stuff seems so easy afterwards.
Hopefully I'll get out to the practice field tomorrow for some dogwalk practice and I'll start in on building my own walk as well.