Anyway, I have some pretty exciting stuff to show you today! You know I have been working regularly with Mr. JP since September. So far, we had been laying the groundwork to move on to the "real" stuff which is a Spanish equestrian art called Doma Vaquera. This is Spain's traditional working dressage and it is also what all the "cowboy" skills such as reining come from. As far as we are aware, no Percheron has ever tried his hoof at Doma Vaquera before!
Now, Doma Vaquera consists of several different techniques, and there is one tool which is central to it. It is called La Garrocha. This is a pole that is 3.5 to 4 metres (12-13 feet) long, and which is used to work cattle (ever wondered where the term "cow poke" came from?). So, last Friday, Mr. JP decided that the time had come to introduce me to La Garrocha and rode me over to his place where he has a covered riding school. Now, apparently, most horses have a bit of a conniption fit when they first see La Garrocha, but I am of course Vidock, THE Percheron stallion, and these things do not scare me! Here, for your entertainment, are a few pics of me on my first experience with La Garrocha:
And here is a little video of my moves:
Both #1 and Mr. JP were seriously proud of me, and not a little impressed at my prowess for a first-timer! My apologies for the sound of excited panting, courtesy of Mr. Floppy Ears Tommy...
Violette: Did you call me, #1?
Here I am!