The only bolt I have ever had was a stud colt who got away from the person who was helping me when we hitched him the first time and it was more of a weeee, this is fun to run with the cart kinda thing instead of an all out freak out bolt. The booger listened to every command but stop!
I could never even imagine taking a horse that had only been hitched 2x into a driving class! My guys all gotta go through at least 90 days before I will even consider entering them into a driving class. Some even have to wait longer than that if I have even the slightest doubt in their ability to handle something like a show in cart. I would also be outraged to find out that someone I was showing against was so irresponsible to bring a horse that had only been hitched 2x's!
I have shown against full size horses with my minis and I am not so sure I will ever do it again. We did the same plan as LauraB but the people who were showing large ponies and horses were very rude. There was about 12 people in a small ring and when passing shoved my mare, who was being driven by a experienced friend of mine, up against the rail and almost pushed her into it. They started out about 20 feet off the rail. She had to get off and go to the center of the ring and wait for the class to end because they made my mare a nervous wreck and scared the crap out of my friend. I am not so sure I will ever show against full size horses in another class unless it is just one or two of them. I have had good experiences when there was just a few other larger horses, but it seems when there is a large group, they try to push the minis around.
You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
"Don't ever regret something that once made you smile"
Last edited by minihorse927; 01-17-2009 at 12:48 AM.