The dilemma is basically to run or not to run.
In a few weeks the national trial of Iceland is being held. Two runs for each competing dog, on separate days (point total counts) This means two overnight stays, and the place is about 380 km from here.
Some of you might remember the description of Gláma´s first (and so far only) trial run, for those interested, in post 46 of this http://www.bordercol...showtopic=34746 thread there is a description of it.
After that experience I said to myself I would not run her again unless she showed a very marked improvement in her weak points (lack of power, inability to move stubborn sheep).
It is now a year later, I do see improvement, she gained experience, and has more self confidence. Also she is more willing to apply "dental diplomacy" (I think this term was used by Sue here, I think it should be adopted as an official training term...) but not always (she is not stupid, she is more likely to use this on polled sheep), and she stills backs of sheep that are not impressed by her.
So, big question, has she improved enough? I kinda doubt it.
Thing is in work we often meet difficult sheep (it is all range sheep we are now gathering from the hills), and if we do, our default method is, Gláma stops and holds them (sometimes with great difficulty, but she is persistent and won´t give up) until the cavalry arrives, that would be me, and indeed often on horse back.
Works fine for us, but of course not when she has to lift her sheep after a trial outrun....At this first trial I had the strong impression Gláma was waiting for me to help her.
So yeah, I am wondering now what to do. It is a busy time, a lot to do on the farm, This will in all take three days, I can hardly afford time wise..
Should I go, and take part, knowing I will probably need an unreasonable amount of luck (drawing light and easily spooked sheep) not to wreck immediately after the outrun (did I mention she has a great outrun? No? She has a great outrun).
Of course I would really like to go, even just as a spectator, it will probably be a lot of fun...
I realize no one here can answer those questions for me, but I am interested in your thoughts and opinions on the matter.