Most everyone said whay I would say. But you need to stay behind her. You keep walking off to her side and are spinning her by using the rope on her rump. If you stay behind her that might help yuou keep even contact. Proper long lines, whip, saddle surcingle or something to hold the reins are all important.
You should hole the reins just as if your are driving a horse.
Also it was hard to distinguish your voice commends. Back and walk almost sounded identical. They were low and long. I liked the back as it sounded like a downward transition but I would make my walk more bright and peppy in my voice. Maybe even walk on so it was an extra sylible.
Hiya she looks great if you use your driveing reins like tc said and also use your driveing saddle so the reins pass through.
You are doing great preping her up for future driveing.
Even though a little long reining is ok for your mare I would not put her to until she is about four and long rein and let her have her free time to grow as well so your keeping up her education while she has her recuation at play being a horse.
The driveing saddle will help your hands and you will have better controle of her as well and use your voice in the gates you want her to go walk trot and woah and stand.
Tc has got it in a nut shell also your nose band on your bridle to keep your cheek pieces in place.
She is an awesome mare for her age and as I can see it you will complement each other whilst out driveing.
Also if you drive her in a snaffle a twin wilson driveing snaffle would complement her as she is going well in a rideing snaffle and seems soft in the mouth.
I don't beleave in being a critic or critical but if some ones not sure and needs help id be glad to help and so would a lot of good people on here.
I wish you and your mare all the best and thanks for shareing your movie with us many thanks michael tricky and quincy.
Wanted to share my victory with you all since you've all helped so much. Today was REALLY nice out and I had a lot of helpers so I took my chance. I know my cart shafts are too far forward and probably too high in the shaft loops. Would love some guidance from anyone willing to share? Also, my harness is a bit wonky I know I need to adjust the breeching and likely bring it higher up on her rump, it seems a tad large on her though so take that into consideration for your critique. I've adjusted my bridle (thanks taffy) and she's got a rubber half cheek snaffle. What do you more experienced people think about my harness placement? I feel like her saddle and breast collar were in a good position for her as goes for her crupper but I suspect I will need to adjust the backstrap to better position the breeching...
Oh and those are indeed socks... My carts been chillin' in the barn so I put them on to protect them from the ground a bit.
Also, I swear my hand position was better than depicted in the picture... I was kind of driving her along on her first turn with the cart since the poles were so horribly placed.
Just wanted to add she did everything amazingly as usual, such a level head. She immediately put her head down and put her shoulder into it like she knew all along. She defiantly got some strange look from her pasture mates nearby who were very interested in what she was doing. She's such a good girl as always I'm so happy with her.
I'm glad you didn't have a train wreck when putting her in the cart but you need to slow down, put the cart away, build up her foundation for driving as well as working on your rein skills. You don't go from post #1 to post #18 in one week without consequences. She is nice and quiet but those are the ones you get complacent with and get into trouble with because you either skip steps or breeze through skills you should work on for a week or two before you move on. I would not be relying on helpers who don't understand the process to assist you either.
I can shoot over for an hour today. I need to work a few today but I can work around your schedule and give you some things to work on this week.