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    09-17-2012, 07:03 PM
  #11
Weanling
cart pony

I am trying the pictures function. This is a picture of my future cart pony. She had just taken a mud bath as you can see, if the picture worked.
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    09-24-2012, 08:49 PM
  #12
Green Broke
She is going to make a fine harness pony, mud and all.

She looks like she might have some attitude.

She sure is cute, nice size too!
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    09-25-2012, 06:15 PM
  #13
Weanling
She is a Peruvian and they usually are not to attitudinal. That is a Paso fino..lol. She is a nice quiet girl under saddle although she has been "broke" less than a year and has maybe 50 rides on her.
     
    09-25-2012, 06:47 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Ops, I guess she is not considered a pony then.
I deffinatly see the Paso fino in her, now that you mention it.
     
    10-16-2012, 07:54 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
I dug up a few photos on carts. Some fit the horse some do not.
This meadowbrook is passable on fit, but look how low I sit, and how I have to carry my hands so high, it is exhausting. I now sit on extra cusions when I drive this vehicle. It helps with my hands but you are correct the shafts go up, so it is a bit too small. It is much better to have the shafts go up than down. If I saw this cart on someone the olny comment I would have is how low the driver sits.
Notice that the shaft tips do not go past the shoulder.
This picture makes you look like a midget. LOL You look so tiny
     
    10-16-2012, 08:35 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
This picture makes you look like a midget. LOL You look so tiny

Lol that was 17 years ago and I don't want to say how many pounds ago!
     
    10-17-2012, 04:12 PM
  #17
Weanling
Here is the latest on my pony driving experience. I finally have a harness and have sent back the bridle that was too small. Now teh new bridle might be a bit big but it is certainly a better fit than the first one. I have been taking her out for ground driving lessons and my problem is that she is afraid of the lines when they press against her legs. She turns so quick that she gets wrapped in them and then gets more frightened. I am trying to get her used to things touching her there. Do you have any suggustions?
     
    10-17-2012, 04:51 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
Here is the latest on my pony driving experience. I finally have a harness and have sent back the bridle that was too small. Now teh new bridle might be a bit big but it is certainly a better fit than the first one. I have been taking her out for ground driving lessons and my problem is that she is afraid of the lines when they press against her legs. She turns so quick that she gets wrapped in them and then gets more frightened. I am trying to get her used to things touching her there. Do you have any suggustions?

Where do you put the reins when you ground drive her?

On a green horse first starting out the reins should go from the bit, through the tugs of the saddle, along the side of the rump, and then back to the driver. Forget about the breast collar for now. Don't go through the turrets of the saddle, they are too high and it is too easy for a young horse to spin around. Keeping the reins lower can help give her a feeling of security and hopefully get her used to the reins on her legs.
She needs to get used to it.
After a while when she is more experienced, start bothering her with them. Get a rein under her tail, under her leg, around her butt, down by her hocks and fetlocks, the more desensitized she is the better, especially when you introduce the shafts.
     

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