Sunday, 1 January 2012

Danni 3 the final 2011

Gira Volta left - I've started to think about the front legs crossing too now hat I have the carriage and balance

and now move the back legs!

So that is my old friend Danilon with our DIY schooling method - he loves it and really looks forward to working - the state of the car park is another matter!! hope you enjoyed meeting him again. I've hacked him out now for three days of relentless walk and we will start the whole fittening process again building u to long trots up hills but i think I'll keep up the inhand he is so much more supple for it and even managed a shaky Piafe and baby passage yesterday..........slowly slowly or as one kind Spanish facebook friend said "Take your time - do not waste your time"

Danni in hand 2

asking him to step through and over behind

hmm probably shoulder in (ish!)

still working on the Giro volta

towards the end of the session I bend him towards the movement for more collection

some moments are better than others - down hill is great for losing your balance

back to Giro Volta

Think it helps

If not Ollie provides a cat half halt

The balance i wanted

Danni in hand 1

working on the left bend in Giro Volta

Danni starting Traver

Poor Danni has had a poorly foot - we've poulticed the nail holes, the shoe has been removed and replaced but he wasn't up to his usual daily patrols around the villages that he so relishes, so instead I've kept him amused with some in hand exercises in our car park including starting to teach him a Spanish walk. You might think it is a vanity pace but it does help to free the shoulders and he has had to really concentrate on controlling his balance remembering to move his back feet before things reach a critical state will take a little longer - I'm going to break my post down into short sections so bear with me if the photos that Charles took the other day aren't quite in order