Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
Smoke was fine in the parade, if not a bit hyper. We were surrounded while in line with a F350 dually pulling a long flat bed trailer with screaming kids on there, behind me was an ambulance and in front of me was another truck and kids. The parade was stop and go stop and go, something my draft horse does not care for, when we go we go, she loves to work and to move. The only time she really got antsy was when we stopped on a hill, I was on the brake, people were yelling and screaming, waving...she was tired of this. After dropping off Santa and Mrs. Claus we went to move, people were walking in front of me, I had to suddenly stop Smoke, kids were running all around us, on our way back to the trailer I had cars racing by me on the road back to pass me, and no cars wanted to stop when I or my husband or my friend who was also an out walker would wave or shout STOP did not want to or would.
Yes, this is in a nutshell. As for attitude Smoke was fine, same with listening and doing what I ask, she did so without question. I have shown this mare and she is perfect, we can wow a crowd if I get her up in the bit, no hesitation. I think we both had had enough of the silliness of those around us.
Going back to the trailer we finally found a path between two horse trailers, the people who had their horses tied untied them and cleared a path for me to trot up, the hill was grass, it was wet and once I got going I was not going to stop, as I was not having my horse slip or slide and jack knife the carriage. As I am going up at a fast trot, a lady comes out from behind the trailer into my path I yell and thank goodness my husband grabbed her and jerked her backwards. She claims she didn't see or hear me....truth be told, I would of run her over.
So, instead of doing parades, I am more than content to do wagon rides in a more controlled environment. When we do this we DO have anyone who rides sign a waver to protect us and them. Don't sign, don't ride...