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Set up the 22" poles today. The girls are finished with their competitive season for the year, with just Nationals ahead.

Time to set up the 22" poles so they at least have a few reps before Nationals. They'll only practice (and as little as possible) on the narrow poles between now and then.

Gotta say - Ky, never a good weaver, looks AWFUL on her first shot at 22". She body slammed herself on the second pole, and her footwork was abysmal. Sigh. If I still had my 22" 2x2's I could at least build her up to the full set but as it is, I think it's just trial by fire. Poor girl.

Ten, no problem. In fact she looks a bit sharper still than she does at 24" which looks pretty sharp. Those front end angles she has may not be in vogue for agility dogs, but I think they do give dogs an advantage in the poles.

I've figured out I can use the hose for Ten's DW and suddenly she's making big breakthroughs. Ah. Well, of course who knows how those breakthroughs at this late date will hold up at Nationals, but she has had some awesome DWs lately, and some leapy ones. Hard to really think she "gets it" when her failure rate is still so high, but she does have enough really nice hits that I have to think there is SOME understanding happening.


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Loretta Mueller
Sep. 10th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
When I started all my kids on the 22's again, I started them WAY CLOSE. Like a foot from the entry. Really minimized the shoulder slamming. Once they had a few sessions of that they all settled in. It still sucks though :-(
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Ah. Smart!

Ky is looking better already, but feh, what a process to have to deal with. I'm *sure* we won't have to deal with it next year.

Right? Right? Right?

Sep. 11th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Dream on, it's that what people said last year?
Loretta Mueller
Sep. 12th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I hope not! Sigh...freaking USDAA...
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
I only have 20 inch poles (other than 24 inch poles, of course), so they are practicing on those and then when speck gets to Denver, those are gonna seem so wide;-)
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Hm, that's one way to go but Ky has so many confidence issues as it is I'd hate to cream her into 20" poles too.
Sep. 11th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
It's not too bad. I don't have 22 inch poles, and did have 20 inch ones, so this works pretty well. Of course, would rather just stick to 24 inch ones all the time. ;-)
Sep. 11th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Definitely that. I'd work Ten on the 20" poles a couple of times, but Ky's just such a white dog . . .
Sep. 11th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Not too surprisingly, Slider always adjusted the best between 22" and 24" poles. The others, not so much. Glad I never have to go through that again!
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