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    04-25-2010, 04:11 PM
Figuring I should post and update :)

I havn't done much with him since last posts untill a few days ago. Got him out, had him pull the shafts around the ''short'' trail (4 miles) and he behaved perfectly. :) It was really noisy with the end of the shafts dragging on the dirt road, we met a car and people, had some small dogs ''attack'' us and in all met quite a lot weird things. Drove past a pasture with some mares too. He behaved perfectly all the time. I saw a tire and had him drag that a bit too, no problem.

Such a good boy!

Then yesterday I decided to let him drag a small log. It went good to start with; he pulled fine and so.. but.. one of the shafts slipped out from the harness, the pulling lines still attached to the log.. he got scared of course, the log broke free from the shaft that was still properly attached to him and all weight got to the other shaft and lines.. he ran around but I managed to hold him on a circle and after a few laps he stopped. He calmed down and stood nice and relaxed while I removed the shafts and such and checked him for any injuries. He was fine and I grounddrove him a bit more, then attached the shafts again (better this time, I'm so stupid for doing it wrong the first time) and he was alright. Not the least nervous, and wasn't even sweaty after the fit.
Since he didn't get away and learnt that panicking gets him free, but had to calm down and when hre stood niely the ''scary'' things went away, I think the experience wasn't too bad for his training. But I wouldn't try doing it again..

Pulling it nicely. (yes, the harness isn't for any heavy pulling, but I figure he should feel it before attatching the carriage anyway)

Getting scared when everything went wrong...

And calming down :)
I'm so lucky nothing worse happened. I don't have any photos on the ground driving I did afterwards since dad went inside to finish some things he was doing, when he saw we were ok.

Then today I had him pull the same log again, around the field, turning, stopping and gaiting. He did wonderfully, was really soft on the reins and very responsive and calm, ears perked forward (except when I said something and he listened).

My friend's coming over on thursday, we'll use the sulky for the first time. Despite the accident yesterday, he seems fine and all, no damage done. But I want her expertise there the first times when I'm not walking, but sitting..
Unless I make the same stuid mistake of not putting the shafts properly strapped on the harness, I don't expect any problem...
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    04-25-2010, 04:48 PM
Wow, he looks so great and you are doing wonders with him. The fact that he calmed right down after the incident speaks volumes in the training he is receiving. It sounds like he really trusts you.
    04-25-2010, 04:49 PM
Congrats. Looking good. It's good that he calmed down pretty quickly after the problems.
    04-25-2010, 05:11 PM

I just wish I knew better how to get everything right, like dressage driving him or something..but I suppose it'll come with time.
    04-28-2010, 04:56 PM
Yay! Our first ride with the sulky went great! Just perfect!
Nu fuzzing at the mares, not getting scared of cars, or anything, stopped and started and gaited..

Had a friend with me who had an extra leadrope/line and could get off if needed :)

    04-28-2010, 05:00 PM
YAY!!! He looks absolutely adorable hooked to the sulky. It looks like you have an amazing little driving horse there. I love that goofy little grin in that first pic. It's like "hehe, look what we're doing, hehe".
    04-28-2010, 07:16 PM
Safety first! Ground drive till you are comfortable and have somebody there with you. Harness looks a little big your breeching should sit 1/2 way between the tail and hock. I don't want to judge I just don't want anything to go wrong. I have been driving over 30 yrs and have seen wrecks. I'm saftey officer for our driving club and inspect all drivers and their rigs before letting them drive. There are rules number 1 Driver 1st one in and last one out. For help Carriage Association of America and the American Driving Society
    04-28-2010, 07:19 PM
Breechings hold back straps do not attach to the shaft loops they attach to the shafts
    04-28-2010, 07:45 PM
Pretty boy -- and obviously smart, too. Looks like you're doing right by him!

I'll ditto Phaeton's comments -- holdback straps need to go through the footman's loops and then wrap around the shafts. Breeching should be below the point of the buttock -- low enough that it won't slip up under his tail, yet high enough that it won't pull his legs underneath him when going down a hill.

As for the saddle sliding forward, I had to add a couple of holes to the back strap so that the crupper could help prevent that forward migration. (Our harness is just a bit large and my pony is short-backed, as yours appears to be.) And remember that the girth of a harness does not need to be as tight as with a riding saddle.
    04-29-2010, 12:20 AM
How exciting! =)

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