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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:22 pm 
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Great video! I love how you manage to persuade him to go over the mountain, and then his energy just gets more and more heightened. :applause:
Thank you, Sunny! Mucki taught me well how to get him more energetic ;). He is the best teacher in that regard :funny:.

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:12 am 
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I LOVE IT !!!
and just love the two of you

this looks like a lot of fun and i really love the micro movements he gives you, how he checks in with you with every step, how he has his own mind but really like to participate in the dialog you 2 have together.
i was happy to get a gimps of Anna at the end and at Mucki at his winter paddock (is it?) with friends.
looking at him when the sun is out he looks so white. white majestic person that he is (even with mud all over) :kiss:
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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:36 pm 
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Oh I'm happy you liked it, Anat! It was definitely lots of fun :yes:. Sometimes I wonder, if I'm directing those games too much, but then again, he tells me quite clearly when he wants to play differently. Like when I asked him to go over the jump, he stood for a while and watched me to see if what I was doing was really fun. And then walked on the tarp again. He just wasn't done with playing with it yet :).
It was fun to see how I could use the tarp in the end to make him jump 8). The whole sequence was a bit longer than in the video and it really felt like a fun conversation...

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:02 pm 
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Another not so serious video ;). Somehow, recently I always try to get some serious stuff on camera, but then end up with just the silly things :roll:. I'm still working on the pirouette video, but the last shooting was not so great, so I don't know if I should post it, as there's not so much to see...

To jump or not to jump?
That is the question—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a wall of FOAM BARS,
And, by opposing, end them?

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:21 pm 
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This is great.
Well done Volker and zermilike Mucki.
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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:08 pm 
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Thanks, Dani!
Not bad, isnt it? That's 80cm, after all :muscle:. Anything higher than that, Mucki has to do alone - I'm afraid I've reached my height limit :funny:.

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Your play videos are such an inspiration, Volker! :)

To me your way of playing with Mucki looks very much like that of Nora and Nelly playing with the ponies. They also just run and jump over the obstacles, and have so much fun that sooner or later the ponies will follow them. Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like that as well and not so controlling (binding the horse to my body language, observing him all the way while approaching the obstacle, stopping if I see that he won't jump... :roll: :funny:). So if it was up to me, you could post dozens of these videos, it's good for me to see that again and again and again. :f:


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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
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....you could post dozens of these videos,...

Oh, yes, I wouldn t mind as well..... :f:

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...Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like that as well and not so controlling (binding the horse to my body language, observing him all the way while approaching the obstacle, stopping if I see that he won't jump... :roll: :funny:)...

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
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Another great video from you - it looks like you both had much fun :funny:

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....you could post dozens of these videos,...


Oh, yes, I wouldn t mind as well..... :f:

I would also like to see more of your videos :) :f:


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:09 pm 
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....you could post dozens of these videos,...


Oh, yes, I wouldn t mind as well..... :f:

I would also like to see more of your videos :) :f:
Thank you all! :kiss: That's nice to hear. All the more since I wouldn't stop posting them anyway :twisted:. And here's my next one already :funny:...

Finally I can post a video of our pirouette experiments. It's all rather sketchy right now, but maybe interesting to see the beginnings.

Pirouette experiments
I started out by working on travers spirals - decreasing the diameter of the circle more and more.
On the video I can see that it's still hard for Mucki to get the outside hindleg under his weight most of the time when he's on a small circle. It may also be due to my body language and position during the exercise. I am still figuring out the right position and walking rhythm in order to help him more than hindering ;).
Anyway, Mucki was in a good mood and started to offer his rearing pirouettes, so we ended up doing that :D.

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:16 pm 
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That is so nice.

Did I mention, he looks like Zermi???? :funny:
Though, he seems to be much calmer.

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On the video I can see that it's still hard for Mucki to get the outside hindleg under his weight most of the time when he's on a small circle. It may also be due to my body language and position during the exercise.

Watching this, I don t think that it is your posture or bodylanguage. I rather think, that it is still just difficult for him, or he didn t get the idea, about what to do with his hindquarters, yet. Would be usefull, to have another Volker, who gives hints to the hindquarters:-). The only thing, I could imagine, that could help him by your posture, could be that you let him come a bit more into a forward movement. But actually, I am everything but a specialist in that...

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:45 pm 
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your going so fast, everytime i take a look on this site i see a new film of you with new funny games.
love it, both of you are great! Love to see it each time again.


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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:55 am 
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Today, I have two videos for you... one of Lily, chasing the tiger to the death :twisted:. And one of my session with Mucki yesterday. The most important part for me being the (albeit very subtle) signs of piaffe, which was definitely a premiere.

Chase (kill) the tiger
I expected Lily to be wild with this game, but when she threw her killer-kicks in every direction, I became a bit cautious and rewarded for calmer reactions ;)
We haven't done this in a while and she was really excited about it. Half-way through, Mucki demanded the game for himself until he wanted no more and I could continue with Lily...

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20140209 Mucki
A few out-takes from today's session:
- School halt
- Mucki's first ever hints to passage/piaffe (doesn't look like much yet, but I'm excited all the same ;) )
- some fun attempts at a double Spanish walk

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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:22 pm 
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So nice again, Volker. I love, how Lily kicks the tiger... :green:

And of course, your Mucki stuff is so nice again. Very beautifull Piaffe attempts.
That inspires me to go on with Zermis Piaffe attempts as well....
Thank you :f:


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 Post subject: Re: Nepomuk in motion!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:25 pm 
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Thanks Dani - and yes do that please, I'd love to hear about how you two go about the piaffe :yes:

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