The point of the original sequence was to demonstrate how to communicate the 180 by your lead out positioning. Dawn's suggestions will be familiar to those who follow Linda Mecklenburg's handling system.
|My Exercise 1 - A variation on the original.|
The exercise at the right is my first variation on the original sequence. When I first worked on this one, I wanted to handle the 180 from the "take off" side of #2. I wasn't pretty, especially with Dusty. Since I wanted the dogs to wrap #3 to left, I couldn't get into the gap between 2 and 3 without drawing Dusty into a back "jump" of #3. Handling the 180 from the "landing" side of #2, made the job a lot easier.
|My Exercise 2 - Two Threadles|
Additionally, when I used a pull for the first threadle, I managed to mess it up more than once by failing to pull the dog into the gap with the correct arm :-( Also, it made running a smooth line for the second threadle and the close quite difficult for me. This is definitely a sequence the dogs and I will be trying again in a day or two.