Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton
Your horse is a sweet looking thing!!
Okay, I think you were doing very well for a beginner, I can't remember how old your horse is, I think it is a youngster.
I think you need to adjust your bridle and put her eyeballs in the middle of the blinders. The blinder her left is too high, I couldn't tell about the right.
If she is truly a yearling or slightly older, good work, and keep it up. I think she is doing great for her age. But start taking up contact on the bit and ask her to start moving forward. Start carrying a whip to get both you and her used to it.
If she is a two year old, deffinatly start getting more contact, start using the saddle for the harness and put the reins through the tugs or use your riding saddle and put the reins through the stirrups. Use the whip and your voice to get her moving forward. It is good that she lets the reins bang around and touch her up and down her legs and sides. Start getting the reins under her tail and between her legs so she gets used to that too.
I think you look great for the stage you are at.
STOP BACKING Backing is an advanced move in driving, you never want backing to be an evasive move, Backing uncommanded is very dangerous. Carrying a whip will help if she backs too much or starts to back uncommanded. I rarely practice backing, Pilgrim starts to anticipate the back if I do it to much, Bad Boy.
She's the best! I couldn't have asked for a more patient and kind hearted filly.
Funny you say that because right after this was shot, I adjusted my bridle a hole and X-D my blinder keepers were pretty bent out of shape and I reformed them to fit much better. Also went through and conditioned my leather and polished all of the brass hardware that had turned black from many years of use. It looks rather spiffy if I do say so myself...
Yes, technically for another month she is a yearling LOL... 1 year 11 months. Do you have any suggestions for getting correct hand position? I'm finding it very hard to maintain steady even contact while walking behind.
Will for sure stop backing her. Thanks for the input taffy I really appreciate it!