In addition to gaining miles under saddle, Jacob is learning some other fun things — like how relaxing it can be to be roped off of. Kaya and Jacob like to end their rides by throwing the rope a few times, which is a great exercise for Jacob to learn to be okay with the potentially frightening idea of an object swinging above his head, flying off in front of him, and touching him all over. But our Jakey has a reasonable mind, and barely blinked the first time Kaya took her rope down. He may not ever get the chance to work a cow, but each experience he has like this helps him to become an even more reliable trail buddy and riding partner.