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        05-30-2013, 08:04 PM
    I drove solo!

    Finally, hubby let me drive my cobb solo in the easy entry cart. Last week I got to drive in the arena and practice my skills for competition in October. Today I harnessed up Goldie almost entirely myself. Last thing I notice, thank goodness I did, was that I forgot to buckle the throat strap on the bridle!. I'm glad I did a last minute check!

    Anyway we drove into the arena and did the competition routine. I am having trouble getting him to back up straight. He did well one time out of about 7 tries. I can't tell if it's me or him. He has backed straight for my hubby, but then he has also backed crooked. He trots well on command and whoas and walks nicely. I was so happy. I even got to take my 7 year old grandson for a ride.

    Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions on how to figure out if it's my driving or his training on the backing up? The closest driving team is about 2 hours away so I can't just get a quick check up. I plan on visiting that person sometime in the summer for some training but would like to work on this little problem here while I can.

    Thanks in advance.
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        05-30-2013, 08:38 PM
    Green Broke
    Whoo- hoo,. Congratulations on the solo flight!

    My guess is you are asking him to back crooked.
    My latest group of lessons was really concentrating on getting P to travel straight. I was driving him crooked, poor boy. The instructor said, "you can't bend, till you are straight." I would imagine this holds true for backing too.
    You can't back straight till you are standing straight.
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        05-30-2013, 09:05 PM
    Can't offer any advise, but CONGRATS on the solo drive. :)
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        05-30-2013, 09:14 PM
    Green Broke
    Congrats on the solo flight:)
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        05-30-2013, 10:09 PM

    The only advice I have on backing is to try one rein at a time, as if you are moving each foot with a rein--maybe that will help.

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        05-31-2013, 12:09 AM
    well done driving by your self.

    Hiya and cogratulations.
    Backing up straight try slightley half halting with your reins with a little contact as you can keep him straight like that and he should reverse so to speak in a straight line and ask for back as you go and the horse will understand what is required of him.
    I would keep praticeing at home as you and the horse will teach each other.
    You will be suprised how both of you can do things togeather.
    And also good luck in your class when you go for your comatition.
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        05-31-2013, 02:06 AM
    Thanks, all. I was also told to make sure my hand position doesn't raise or lower. I'll try it all next time I'm in the driver seat. It will be a week before I can go back to the stable so Goldie has a week off. As another poster said, Goldie is my best teacher. He is experienced and I'm not. I need to get this down before hopping into the show cart.
    I'll keep you posted!
        05-31-2013, 02:12 AM
    Taffy, I make sure he is straight in the shafts before backing. I figured that one out early on! He is pretty good at standing but can at times get fidgety. I let him calm down first.

    I suspect the problem is me. I plan on making that two hour trip next month sometime. We just have to wait to get our ducks, or horses, in a row here at home first.

    Thanks for the advice. I'll continue watching to make sure he is straight before we back.
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        05-31-2013, 02:39 AM
    Green Broke
    We do need some photos, just to make sure, you did it!
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        05-31-2013, 07:08 AM
    Didn't take the camera with! Sorry. I'll get some later.

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