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...