I found a few more pictures of the last training session we had a week ago with Olivier Van Den Berg. I rode Dandy and Olivier schooled him, as shown in the following :
You can see pressure/release pretty well in that series. “Pushing” the horse into its face until he raises his back and relaxes his neck (and mind !).
Then I just tried to reproduce the process
I like this picture, lots of focused work from both of us
Since this session, Dandy has been very good minded. I have switched from tacking him up ground-tied in the arena, to the cross ties inside the barn aisle, with minimum fuss and drama. He does paw mildly at first, but nothing being busy with a sugarcube couldn’t cure (for the record, I’m very much *against* handfeeding treats to horses and this colt has never had treats from me unless there was a very definite training purpose behind it, like occasionally to help bridling, which I found to be a very smart and effective way to turn a bit shy horse into one that bridles enthusiastically).
The former “tacking up” spot, untied (the rope is just laid over the fence) in the arena. No more. As you can see, we now have a mild underweight issue. Between gelding, growing up, 4 days a week schooling, and the massive heat we’ve suffered lately, Dandy has lost quite a bunch of weight. He now has an extra daily meal to try to make up for it…
He’s not skinny, thank God, but he used to be quite chunkier than this
After our last ride. A new saddle is in order. Stay tuned to see it 😉