Day 3-----18 days to go. June 9
I Drove Sammy for about 40 minuets.
Still waiting for the farrier. Worried about loosing a shoe and/or giving him a heel bruise from old shoes.
No arguments on the first drive, BUT, we can have arguments on the second drive and we did.
He is bad about not standing when I get in the cart. Those Amish horses are always in a hurry. Pilgrim was the same way. I spent three weeks teaching P to not walk off when he felt me get in the vehicle. I don’t have three weeks now.
Anyway, as soon as I got in the cart, which as I explained before, is a bit cumbersome, he would walk off. This has got to stop, TODAY
. So…..after I precariously climbed in the cart, and after he walked off several steps…I got myself situated and told him to stop.
Well in true PONY fashion he threw himself a little hissy fit, shaking his head, and throwing himself back and forth. I did some give and take with him, not holding him tight with nowhere to go, well being a typical pony, he was a stinker. I held my ground, he got light in the front end, but I, thankfully, knew he was safe so I was much braver, and was not intimidated by the little stinker.
He came about two or three inches off the ground in the front, which looks much more ferocious than it actually is, because Sammy had to throw his head up so high to get the front end off the ground, it looks like he is rearing about three feet off the ground,,,, it is really about three inches.
Other than the first ten minutes it was a good drive. Total trot time 13 minutes. Sammy is not going to know what hit him after his new shoes are on.
I called the owner and asked if I could put borium on Sammy’s new shoes. Two reasons mostly, one I have an asphalt drive and plain shoes are treacherous, and The Skunk River CDE, has a wicked hill that if it is the least bit slippery he is going to need some extra traction.
The other thing that I did on our second drive is I changer Sammy’s bit. He was using a 5 ¼” straight kimberwick bit. And it was okay, but Sammy’s owner said that he thought Sammy did not like it, that he thought Sammy was behind the bit and it was possibly too much bit for Sammy. So I tried Pilgrim’s 5 ½” Mullen mouth kimberwick on him to see how he did. I love the mullen mouth bits because the releave the tongue pressure that so many horses hate.
Sammy seemed to like the mullen mouth great. For being a pony, he has a HUGE head. I think he has some Belgium in the haflinger somewhere. A pony using a 5 ½” bit and it fits great. He might be a “geographical oddity”
Sammy going across the dam, with no issues, The same dam that Pilgrim hated so much. 20140608_193631.jpg The 5 1/2" mullen mouth bit that fit Sammy great. He has a huge head. 20140608_194903.jpg