Haven't posted anything, because there has been nothing out of the ordinary with Duffy recently! But now there is ;)
Last Monday my friend used Duffy in her theory lesson for confirmation. I'd say she's about 90% okay really! The only things to point out were her pigeon toes (obviously we already knew about those ;) ) but that its not as bad as she makes it look at times as its from the shoulder down, not the joint down. She could have a little more around her throat latch, but then she is still fairly overmuscled on the underside of her neck so that will take a wee bit of time, and her shoulder is a little steeper than what my instructor normally looks for! Apart from that, all is good
He was SUPER impressed when he did hands on as to how far she has come in four months, made me want to cry a little
AND she stood there for half an hour whilst we drew on her, examined her etc... she just stood! No digging to roll as per normal
Saturday I had my riding lesson, and a young girl of about 8/9 was wondering about the yard. You could easily see she had severe disabilities, but she asked by pointing at Duffy if she could stroke her. I thought, why not, Duffy is secure. So took her over, and Duffy dropped her head into the girls chest.. her head was nearly as big as this girl! She then came under the rope with me, I handed her a brush and she brushed, kissed and stroked Duffy's shoulder! Duffy turned her head and watched her, standing perfectly still. I was stunned, my fidget bum of a horse stood stock still for 15 mins!!
Dentist came out on Monday. I have to admit, I had nightmares the night before worrying baout what she would be like. And do you know what... apart from an initial pull back when the rasp was turned on, she stood, no sedation, no twitch!! Good ponio :) Lots of apples and treats!!! Her left side was a bit sharp, but all is well now :)
As far as riding is concerned, she's getting a bit ahead of herself and wants to do more, so I'm focusing on things like transitions, velocity in the gait, and trying not to crash in to people!
Decided not to clip her this year. We have worked so hard getting the weight on her, and the temperatures round here can get pretty **** cold, so no clipping, just lots of horsewalking!