After our recent dramatic lizard reactions, I took some commenters’ advice and bought some toy lizards. I didn’t figure Nilla would care, but they were at the $1 store, so I was fine with wasting $2 on the experiment. I set one of the lizards up on this jump. I didn’t end up jumping that night and then when I did ride, I was in my dressage saddle, so we made the jump into a little cross-rail, but this is the first lizard jump:
The lizard is sitting right in the center of the x in his picture. So no, Nilla does not care about toy lizards.
I put a second toy on another jump and this was also completely ignored:
The lizard somehow ended up on the barrels the next evening much to Eugene’s delight:
Clearly lizard toys are terrifying.
I actually had my jumping saddle on that evening so we did some more lizard jumping. Eugene knocked the second lizard over, so it was on the ground in front of the jump. Nilla actually stuck her head down to look at it on approach, but then almost stepped on it, so it wasn’t really a concern.
So the lizard toys didn’t work. I’m not really surprised since they’re not moving. I looked on amazon, but couldn’t find any mechanical/motorized lizard toys. I was talking to our seasonal trainer and she said I should just catch some of the local lizards and make a harness out of bailing twin and tie them to a jump then release them afterwards. I may try this although I’m really not sure about the whole bailing twine harness part. Anyone have any ideas?