Renathan gave the chiryma a ten minute rest to keep his leg from getting overworked, and then decided to give him five minutes more after providing some water for him. Renathan wanted the creature to be as comfortable as possible, and thus knew that he wouldn't force the creature to follow him longer and longer paces like he would many of his pets. He wanted instead to simply repeat the practice at the same length, each time moving forward at a faster rate, to make sure the creature would continue to follow him no matter what. Renathan would use the hand command, and Lisle would doggedly move forward, refusing to let the leg hold him back any further than it absolutely had to. Renathan gave him a bit of jerky each time he did well, which was surprisingly, each time. Renathan continued working with the chiryma, and then stopped after realizing that he seemed to get the command. Renathan was afraid to push the creature any further due to the leg, but was confident that he got the command.
Renathan was almost done training for the day, and he was actually very glad. Renathan was beginning to grow tired, and the sun was already beginning it's decent down the horizon. They had not come in the early morning this time, mostly to make sure that it would be warm out so that the cold would not cause the creature's leg to act up worse, and also because Renathan had things that needed to be done that morning anyway. There was one more thing Renathan wanted to attempt, and thankfully it was not really a physically difficult task, so the chiryma would be able to rest his leg more. The mammalian bends down and scoops up the chiryma carefully so as not to aggravate his leg, and then he placed him back on the table. After a second or two to settle down, Renathan began to think on how to get the little roaring creature to growl...
 - [START 'Growl']
Last Edit: Feb 1, 2019 15:31:11 GMT -6 by Renathan
Renathan had not yet heard the creature growl, but it did Roar quite a bit like a cat. He'd heard the creature making a strange, nearly purring chuff, that sounded uncannily catlike, not unlike recordings of lions he'd heard previously in his young childhood. He knew that one of the creature's parents had a modified voice box that could roar; and the creature tended to growl as well. Renathan was sure that he could coax the chocolate chiryma chick to growl as well, at least a cute noise that would turn to an intimidating noise as it got older. For now, Renathan wanted to work on the command and the quality of said noise at first, at least until the creature was grown. Renathan settled down, and decided on a command for the growl, if he could just get the creature to growl, that was. Renathan came up with a good plan quickly enough.
Renathan allowed a strong amount of the horrible guilt that he felt at the creature to surface in him again, but only just a strong amount not overpowering. At the same time, Renathan proceeded to make the command. "Lisle, Statant." The creature appeared to become aggravated at him; and roared at him, but Renathan quickly placed his finger in front of it's beak, tapping it ever so gently. The creature quieted down on the back half of the roar, turning it into a rumbly growl; accidentally perfect for Renathan. He was pleased at this, and offered the creature a piece of jerky. It was, as per usual, not accepted at that time. Renathan petted the creature anyway, and then made the command yet again. "Lisle, Statant." The creature stood there for a moment, staring at him in contemplation. Then, the creature made a soft roaring noise, ending in that little rumbly growl. Renathan wondered if there was a way to get the creature to make that noise consistently.
The creature seemed to realize that it was not exactly what Renathan wanted due to the unique mixture of pride over the attempt and a slight disappointment followed by a bit of worry. The creature interpreted this far better than Renathan ever could have due to the virtue of even being a chiryma at all. To Renathan's surprise and before he could even try to treat the creature for the attempt; Lisle correct himself by maintaining the rumbly growl all the way through. Renathan was sure that when it was much older that this noise would certainly ward off individuals from a guarded area at the very least. Renathan was very proud of the good attempt; and gave the creature it's treat and a petting. Then, he continued with the training attempt. "Lisle, Statant." The creature seemed to breathe in a bit deeper; as he remembered the earlier attempts at the roar needing to be louder, and this time the growl was surprisingly deep.
Renathan was super pleased with this and the speed in which Lisle picked it skill up just from... Well, watching him maybe? Renathan was honestly not all that sure. It did appear so, and maybe it had something to do with that whole chiryma thing as well. Renathan treated the creature with a jerky strip and then carefully petted the creature gently on it's head and the back. He was quite proud, and was trying to keep himself from thinking too outwardly that the creature was pretty cute with its rumbly little growl. He could see the disdain on the creature's face and knew it enough to know that the feeling of that had accidentally tumbled over anyway, which made him chuckle quite a bit. Renathan worked with the creature using the command repeatedly and then treating him as he did well. The creature was not tricked by wrong commands, and the learning seemed to come to him quite naturally. Renathan stopped whenever the creature's voice seemed to grow hoarse; and Renathan then took the creature home for the day; proud of all of the learning and figuring that this stuck quite well thusfar.
 - [End of 'Growl']
/Renathan and Lisle go home; after this the chiryma will grow from Baby to Juvie
Last Edit: Feb 2, 2019 13:16:39 GMT -6 by Renathan
Renathan was glad that their mansion trip the other day had worked out pretty well, but he still felt bad sometimes. Today, it was finally starting to get warmer on a more regular basis; finally hitting fifty degrees at the noon mark. Renathan had started walking Lisle to the park starting at about eleven in the morning, and even though Lisle had difficulty walking with his leg, he was beginning to stand up straighter and taller. Today, his leg didn't seem to be locked up like it typically did, probably because it was finally not too cold for him. He was older now, and his molt was in full force. Renathan knew that when his molt was over that he'd be his full size... The thought was really surprising, because he was already quite tall! Renathan knew that the creature would have been strong enough to support his weight at this point if not for the leg, but that it was too short. The perfect time to start working on mount training.
 - [START 'Back', using a typical rope and hackamore setup like they use to start training on young foals; Renathan will be walking behind Lisle to do this while not technically 'riding' him]
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2019 18:59:40 GMT -6 by Renathan
Renathan had wanted to start out like folks commonly did with equillion juveniles; teaching them how the mount commands would work with Renathan behind him, without really tacking him up. Renathan planned to start teaching him to tack up once he was tall and broad enough to make up for the leg. Renathan had found out the hard way that juvie chiryma were strong and had quite a bit of stamina for their size; Lisle seemed to be able to go on forever, even with his leg injury. He knew about the size and strength that it took a creature to take a rider, and about the strength required to work with a creature's first bit of mount training, even without the tack. He didn't get the chance to do that with Shy Guy, but he had the chance with Lisle. Renathan pets the creature to calm it, and then he takes the lead in his hand; it had two makeshift reigns on it, on for each side of it's face.
Renathan stood directly behind Lisle, which was making Lisle quite confused, but Renathan knew that the creature trusted him enough to be back here. Renathan made sure not to accidentally step on the creature's tail as he stood there. Then, Renathan pulled back on both reigns equally and at once, getting the chiryma to naturally back up to relieve the slight pressure on his face. Renathan was as gentle as possible, but still firm, to make sure that the creature wouldn't hurt itself by reacting oddly to the pressure. Then, Renathan stopped, and gave the creature a bit of jerky for his trouble, petting him and giving him positive reinforcement for it. Lisle was getting even better now that he was older at understanding when it was training time; and because the false halter was made more like a lead rope and was fitted so well; with Renathan's practiced work, that the creature could barely tell it was on his face.
Renathan waited until the jerky was safely eaten before continuing. He walked to the back of the chiryma again, being sure to hold the pressure about the way that he would be if he were instead sitting on the chiryma's back. Renathan had been told that chiryma tended to make some of the best mounts in the entire area, so he hoped that the creature would take to this quite well. Renathan then made the practiced movement that was universal for 'back' in most mounts; the pulling back gently but firmly on both reigns equally to put a bit of weight on the face. Lisle did not seem frustrated at all when he backed up, practicing the backing up on his poor leg. Renathan then stopped after a little while, and the creature stopped backing up immediately. He carefully gave Lisle a piece of the jerky strip and was very sure to give him lots of positive reinforcement in both words and petting, so that the creature would know that he did well.
Renathan continued working like this, giving Lisle a small piece of jerky each time that he performed the backing motion correctly. Renathan was glad that he had understood for a long time the general inclinations of mounts on the reigns. He was sure that Lisle would pick up the tack when it came time. Renathan pulled the reigns back gently and firmly, with both equal. Soon enough, Lisle was backing up perfectly, just hardly having issues with the back leg at all. Renathan understood that they needed to continue to work with this, so he spent the next fifteen minutes having the creature back up by pulling on the reigns the same way each time. The creature was taking to mount training even better than he had expected. Lisle didn't seem frustrated at all. Renathan repeated a few times again and again the backing up command, each time giving Lisle reinforcement for the positive behavior. Soon enough, Renathan felt calm enough to move on to another tricks.
Renathan continued on the training seamlessly. Renathan had worked quite well with the backing-up behavior, and now he was going to transition to the turning left and right behavior. Renathan gave Lisle a quick pet, and then positioned back behind the creature, holding the reigns like he would be if he had been riding on his back instead. Lisle seemed to be less wary of him now, no longer kicking at the dust in a false aggressive tactic because Lisle was behind him. Renathan then took the reigns and gently applied more pressure on Lisle's right side of his face. At this, the creature turned to that side, to relieve the pressure. Renathan stood in the middle of the area, leading him to the right by doing this, spinning around in a circle as was customary when working with young mount creatures, to get them used to the lead. Renathan knew that this was the natural inclination of animals, to move to relieve pressure on their faces.
 - [START Turn Left/Right]
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2019 18:59:56 GMT -6 by Renathan
Renathan then allowed Lisle to stop by relieving the pressure altogether. Renathan quickly gave him a piece of jerky to show him that he had did well, as well as petted his back and neck to let him know that he had done good. A bit of the creature's loose fluff fell off when he did so, and Renathan let it fall to the ground. Renathan was quiet for a moment, allowing Lisle to choke down the jerky, and then he let the lead out again, to allow the creature to wander out. Renathan held the reigns firmly in his hands, leading the creature to the left this time by applying weight on that side of the face expertly and carefully, without harming him. Lisle responded as naturally as he had expected, turning the direction Renathan had indicated without any issues otherwise. Around in a circle he went, with Renathan in the center. Lunging, it was called.
Renathan knew that this was a good way of teaching the creature to go left and right whenever they actually got to the sitting-on-the-back part of riding. Chiryma really did seem to take this so much better than other mounts though. Renathan wasn't sure what to think about it, but he was glad that it seemed a lot easier with this. Renathan allowed Lisle to come closer, and then gave him a piece of jerky for doing good. Lisle watched his hands carefully as Renathan held the reigns, even as the creature was eating his jerky piece. He seemed to be understanding this quite a bit naturally, as most mounts tended to. Renathan knew that some of the things he was going to have to eventually work on would not work without being actually mounted, but he knew that the directions and such could certainly be taught via this lunging method. Renathan allowed the creature to move out on the leash a little more.
Lisle stood at the end of the reigns again, and Renathan decided that he was going to go ahead and lunge him in both directions one more time, to teach him the left and right sides on the reign. After this, he decided that he was going to go ahead and test this out a bit, from directly behind the creature. For now, Renathan stood in the middle of the training area he had chosen, and he decided to turn the creature to the left again. He applied the correct pressure, and the creature turned that way, seeming to anticipate it this time quite a bit. Renathan was pleased to see him picking this up well enough! He let the creature go in that direction for a small amount of time, and then Renathan applied pressure in the other direction instead; and Lisle turned around, walking in the other direction instead. Renathan was incredibly proud of that!
Jewel: Clarifying note - the event is open to posting from now until November 20th. Halloween night is simply the setting. <3 Edited to reflect this.
Oct 24, 2020 11:55:01 GMT -6
Nadia: The Grand Garden Masquerade is open to visitors! Please come along and take part and meet your fellow players - everyone will get something for their efforts, and you may win a grand prize!
Oct 24, 2020 10:18:12 GMT -6
Morgan: I love the face markings on the mature form.
Oct 23, 2020 20:12:05 GMT -6
Morgan: Oooh, the Pengu are so perfect. :3
Oct 23, 2020 19:42:39 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: The Pocket Pet Zoo has been updated! It got for every Pocketpet the new links for those who need them, or wish to adopt one!
Oct 6, 2020 23:39:43 GMT -6
Riku: Congrats to new sarane clutch owners!
Oct 3, 2020 14:22:15 GMT -6
Renathan: Thank you! Xentus really knocked it out of the park! / Ah, that makes sense. -nod- Thanks for letting me know, Xentus!
Oct 1, 2020 15:02:01 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Congrats on your Draconic Growth Renathan/Morgan!
Oct 1, 2020 14:55:36 GMT -6
Xentus: Contacted cubeupload about this and another issue I'd been having, turns out the image not updating may be a cloudflare issue. But, the server is getting an update hopefully over the weekend that'll resolve this
Oct 1, 2020 1:37:30 GMT -6
Morgan: Certainly, I appreciate it! I'm sure it is probably something my computer is doing, it will probably fix itself, but if it doesn't I'll be sure to get ahold of you. :3
Sept 30, 2020 23:57:37 GMT -6
Xentus: Oh let me know if his image doesn't update for you after like a day or so, I'll try to reupload or give you a new code if all else fails
Sept 30, 2020 23:53:40 GMT -6
Morgan: Oh, neat! It is really cool to see the first draft. It really helps seeing the initial thoughts- I do love how he came out even more knowing the starting steps of the journey.
Sept 30, 2020 23:49:00 GMT -6
Morgan: Thank you, again. I know it was a lot of hard work to bring him to life.
Sept 30, 2020 23:46:58 GMT -6
Morgan: You did a great job. c: I love how his face looks, and that wing aura is probably my favorite thing about him. I've kinda associated constellation-y stuff with Morgan's magic before I even had Morgan onsite, and it really ties them together.
Sept 30, 2020 23:46:37 GMT -6
Xentus: I was afraid I didn't apply his concepts very well actually heh. The mask inspired his markings and his face shape vaguely. If you look closely at his wing arua, there's little constellations
Sept 30, 2020 23:43:11 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm sorry I probably didn't give the easiest concept/idea/body type to image combo, but you really, really knocked it out of the park and he came out even better than hoped. <3
Sept 30, 2020 23:34:50 GMT -6
Xentus: I'm so relieved <3 I'm really happy with how he turned out
Sept 30, 2020 23:33:01 GMT -6
Morgan: The more I look at it the more I love him. c: His lightning-bolt shaped horns are awesome.
Sept 30, 2020 23:28:40 GMT -6