River is coming along quite well. She's gotten the hang of ground driving, so we decided to hitch her to the tire this weekend. I decided to try starting her in an open bridle, I've never driven without blinders before, but I had read a lot about it a while back and figured if I was going to try it, it needed to be from day one. A friend and I went out and took everything slowly, from leading her with someone dragging the tire behind her, to the end of the session having her calmly driving down the track and making turns. I was quite proud of her, she had a couple of moments of raising her head and eyeing that thing following her, but then decided it must be okay and took everything quite in stride.
I also purchased my first cart this weekend. It's an older Meadowbrook. The seller did not know the maker, and I haven't scowered it yet to see if I can find a name. It is in dire need of a paint job, but other than that is in fine condition. Wheels rotate straight and smooth, shafts feel even. There is a small tear on the back of the seat, but other than that, all it needs is paint to look good as new. Not a bad find for a draft cart in my area, as they are quite few and far between.
River's still got quite some chunk of time with the tire and other joys before she'll be ready to hitch up to the cart, but I'm quite excited to be getting my ducks in a row.