He also took the opportunity to saddle Sólarorka, but we had heard good things from her training. She has actually been nicknamed the lightpole as she is tall and has a very long neck and is exceptionally friendly and unafraid of everything. Ususally when the haybales were driven to the horses in the field at wintertime she was easily visable holding her head above the other horses, and so friendly and fearless that she didn't move when the tractor came close. This trust and security is still there, but power and willingness is deffinitely not lacking.
Meanwhile I took the chance and took the dogs for a private herding lesson with a very good trainer here in Sjælland. Vista was going to see sheep for the first time, but until now the only sheep she had seen she wasn't allowed to interact with them, and Dís got her first formal herding lesson. Dís has earlier shown and gotten certified that she has herding instinct when she was a puppy, as well as having been used to work horses, but she had never had any work with learning any comands. That is our next order of business, she actually picked up on the directional cues very fast when she had started to run the circle again but we need to work on her downing faster so she will be easier to control. Vista wasn't all that interested in the sheep to start with, but within the first 5 minutes she had completly turned on her instinct and had started to run circles like there was no tomorrow.
Finally, it is nice to mentioned that Valdi finished defending his masters thesis a short while ago, with a final grade of 10, so now he is formally an engineer. His motto through his masters study was that any grade under 10 was a fail, wether or not others should try and live by it shall not be mentioned further.