Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Phaeton, I think you misunderstood that post. It was questioning the use of blinders, not the use of the whip.
Others told me I must have blinders since he shouldn't react too early when I move the whip.
And I've found out that in the only driving contest I ever might be interested in, blinders arn't even allowed.. so I think I did a better choice not using them. He's getting used to seeing everything without getting scared. :) And he's generally not a horse that needs them much. I do see the point on the horse not seeing more than the driver, but at the same time I want the horse able to see the cart and see whay's happening and prepare for it. Some are more nervous when things suddenly come into view where they were hidden by blinders before, some are happy not seeing, and yet some,like Solon, doesn't really care.
He's been out more, still doesn't react on cars, dogs or bunnys running out before him.
I had him pull a few (rather light) logs when I wanted to make a jumping course and he had to really work on his patiense :) Standing quietly for several minutes while I'm messing with stuff behind him wasn't the most fun he had ever had, but he did it fairly well anyway, especially concidering his age and experience.
He also got the lines twisted and around his feet a few times, but we've worked on stuff touching and wrapping his legs - he didn't care the least but followed my reins to step right again. (wasn't using any shafts for the ''logging'' since it's not really necessary at that type of work. Did use traces/lines that would be very easily removed, and a stronger harness made for that type of work).
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.