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        02-08-2013, 05:42 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    I did 15 minutes of walking (10 times in each direction and two figure eights) then five minutes of trotting, 10 more minutes of walking, then tacked up to ground drive and ground drove her for about 5 minutes at a walk, just working on stretching out just like on the lunge so she didnt think it was a lunge-only exercise.

    Long and low, down around round, forwards and up and on is a great way to think of the steps to training. Thanks so much for sharing that. We'll definitely be taking a few steps back with all of this and to lots of refining before progressing again in the cart.

    I was really hoping to drive her this year in our parade (February 23rd) and have been preparing for months. Do you think its an ok idea to do that? I know she's still fairly green but she has never tried to spook or move out faster than I ask her to under cart, even when around cantering horses that are making a fuss and children, and she's pretty solid when it comes to ignoring loud sounds/distractions and listening to me, but I definitely wouldn't want to overwhelm her. She has a super solid halt as well.

    What do you think? And if I can't drive her, what do you think of ground driving her in just her saddle and driving bridle (would that look to weird to onlookers? Haha) with a halter on underneath and maybe a leadrope with me just in case I need to lead her?

    If I did drive her, she'd have a halter on underneath and I'd have a leadrope in case someone needed to lead her or hold her if she got jittery, and if absolutely needbe we could unharness her and load the cart (its super light) into our hay wagon that will be in the parade as well, or switch her out with our steady-eddy shetland gelding so that he could pull and she could walk. He's been in dozens of parades and spooks at nothing. I'd also be sure to wear gloves/a helmet of course, since this would be her first outing under cart.
    Has she been off property being driven? If she is quiet at home that can change when they are nervous in different surroundings. If she hasn't been exposed much driving away at strange places I wouldn't do the parade.
    I think ground driving is a good compromise to get her some exposure but not have her hitched in case something goes wrong. Leading a hooked horse is not that easy. I saw 6 men holding a scared large pony and they couldn't hold it when it took off.
         
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        02-08-2013, 05:59 PM
      #22
    Teen Forum Moderator
    She has been lead on three different trails off of the property, ground driven and cart driven on someone else's (trainers) property, and shown in a small in hand show for a showmanship class. So she's only be carted off the property once, but has been off the property more times than that.

    Does that sound like enough, or am I still taking too big of a chance? Like I said, I REALLY want to drive her, but her safety is most important. I can also talk to my BO about it and see what she thinks. And as I said, we do have the option of unharnessing her and loading it up if we have to. We've had to do it before when a tire popped two years ago. Its not ideal but we made it work xD

    I think the parade is 3/4-1 mile long and pretty low key. There are some fire trucks and stuff that make quite a bit of noise but we always make sure to be far away from them, because we let some of our disabled children come and they're very sensative to sounds. I think the toughest part for her would be the long wait in line before we actually start. It usually takes 30-40 minutes of stop and go before we get to where we're walking at a steady pace. I'll have an area available to me to warm her up and let her get out and jitters beforehand though, which is nice. There is a big grassy field where everyone usually warms up their horses if they get there in time.
         
        02-08-2013, 06:04 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Endiku    
    She has been lead on three different trails off of the property, ground driven and cart driven on someone else's (trainers) property, and shown in a small in hand show for a showmanship class. So she's only be carted off the property once, but has been off the property more times than that.

    Does that sound like enough, or am I still taking too big of a chance? Like I said, I REALLY want to drive her, but her safety is most important. I can also talk to my BO about it and see what she thinks. And as I said, we do have the option of unharnessing her and loading it up if we have to. We've had to do it before when a tire popped two years ago. Its not ideal but we made it work xD

    I think the parade is 3/4-1 mile long and pretty low key. There are some fire trucks and stuff that make quite a bit of noise but we always make sure to be far away from them, because we let some of our disabled children come and they're very sensative to sounds. I think the toughest part for her would be the long wait in line before we actually start. It usually takes 30-40 minutes of stop and go before we get to where we're walking at a steady pace. I'll have an area available to me to warm her up and let her get out and jitters beforehand though, which is nice. There is a big grassy field where everyone usually warms up their horses if they get there in time.
    I really can't give an opinion as I don't know the horse but I am sure some go with out any experience and do fine while others with more experience can get into trouble. So your guess is as good as anyones. If in warm up she wasn't really calm I would stop then.
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        02-08-2013, 07:58 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    Good idea to have a walker with you. I never went to a parade without one.
    Don't forget your whip, always carry it with you.

    Here is Sam and I in a parade my walker has a lead rope and is never farther away than a long reach. I also went with two side walkers to keep kids from running towards the horse to get candy.

    Good luck!

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        02-08-2013, 08:08 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
    Good idea to have a walker with you. I never went to a parade without one.
    Don't forget your whip, always carry it with you.

    Here is Sam and I in a parade my walker has a lead rope and is never farther away than a long reach. I also went with two side walkers to keep kids from running towards the horse to get candy.

    Good luck!

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        02-09-2013, 05:24 AM
      #26
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    tc turnout

    Showing me thoes pictures ill selabrate with a bottle of bud with you and sam cheers for the loveley pictures your turnout is awesome.
    Many thanks for shareing them michael tricky and quincey.
         
        02-09-2013, 09:01 AM
      #27
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Thats a good idea. Bring her and be ready to drive, but if she won't calm down by the time we line up, just untack her and hand walk her or ground drive her. I'll make sure to ask my BO today as well since she has knows Sour since the beginning...back when she still deserved her name. LOL

    Taffy Clayton- Wow, now Sam is some real horse eye-candy right there! You guys look phenominal. Yep, I'll absolutely have sidewalkers with me. My BO and BO's husband (riding lesson instructor/manager) always walk and would right by me, and if it wasn't too much weight (not sure about that?) I can actually even have one of our other adults who used to drive sit in the passenger seat with me in case something goes wrong. I'm thinking that would be too much weight to ask her to carry though...it would be 220-230 lbs. That's what Sour weighs so she's be pulling her weight o.o
         
        02-09-2013, 09:19 AM
      #28
    Green Broke
    For her first parade I, myself, would have only person in the cart, just to make it as easy and less stress for her.
    There will be other parades for passengers.

    You need one person to take photos!!!!!
         
        02-09-2013, 04:35 PM
      #29
    Teen Forum Moderator
    Haha, I do! Its just a matter of finding someone who will...I'm camera-less xD

    BO made a great compromise with me though. We're going to bring her over to where the horses will be starting the parade on Wednesday just to walk around and maybe do a bit of lunging/ground driving in the grass and go home, and if she does well with that she'll go with us as a 'buddy horse' to the rodeo grounds Friday afternoon and spend the day at the trailer with a bag of hay, watching all of the commotion. I can also walk her around a bit to see everything. If she passes both of those 'tests' we have the go-ahead to drive her in the parade. Hoping she does well!
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