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post #11 of 17 Old 05-05-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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she is 18hh, the wheels are 51" it is a full draft cart and should fit her well. ADS has the chart, I scoured that thing before starting cart shopping. She doesn't panic about the shafts hitting her, they didn't even bother her, she just tries to turn on her haunches, rather than walking a full circle, though it may have been because I was at her shoulder, as she does walk the circle when we do ground driving, rather than turning on the haunches.

Would the suspended training shafts help her at all, or really, since she's not bothered by the contact of them, does she just need to go on to the cart and figure it out? I'm just trying to protect the cart as much as possible.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-05-2013, 06:58 PM
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Time to put her to work. Bolt another tire to your training tire so they sit side by side. Hook up the single tree and drag a dirt road to smooth it. Plus it adds more weight.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-06-2013, 08:54 AM
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poles and blinkers.

hiya i would dispence with the pole option all to geather. from the pictures you have shown me she is going realy well in an open bridle.
i would highley sugest as she is going well like she is to put her to in blinkers.
i think there is and will be no issues with her wanting to work in the shafts.
ill be honest you have a good mare.
i have a little pony as wild as the hills and he was a rescue pony and had to compleatley erase from his mind his past and show him the milk of human kindness and it has worked.
so as i have said looking at your mare i think she is ready to put to.
if there is a few of you i know this might sound crazy get a frend to pull your cart about 50 fet with her beside it to guage how she would react in an open bridle.
i took a gamble with my little boy i did the same lol and he was fine so i put him to in an open bridle.
i had plenty of apple with my so i walked out with him and we went for 20 yards and gave him a quater of an apple and so forth untill i climbed on board and we just walked for 20 minuits and he got his reward again so we left the lesson on a good note and he was in his stable thinking what he had acheved.
i can drive him in walk trot and canter in an open bridle.
he is a very stroung willed pony and he uses a lot of his gray matter so to speak and he is all ways on the button.
looking at your pictures i think your on the home straight.
my beleif with poles thay get tangled and end up under the horses hind legs so if she is happy going as she is i would stroungley beleave youll upset her and confuse her.
turning she will learn to do that have no worrys it takes time and she will get better and better as you both pratice.
in no time at all youll have her turning on a dime and she will suprise you doing 180 turns.
keep us in the loop ok and she is a great looking girl and your doing an awesome job with her.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-28-2013, 04:46 PM
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How is River coming along?

I like a draft in a bright colored cart, black with yellow wheels and opposite pin striping, yellow with black striping and black with yellow striping.
Nice harness, have you added some more weight yet?

More photos please!
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-06-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry guys, long time no update. River is now lightly working in cart. Posting a picture of her hitched, but I have yet to get one of me in the cart with her... She can make 90 degree turns, starts and stops smoothly. She's still not solid on keeping her rear end in line with her front end, she really just wants to swing her but around, so we're sticking to wide turns until she gets the hang of it. The breeching gave her some confusion first time through, but she's got it figured out now. But strap gets tight, but I still expect her to stop as she was told. She's quite comfortable with most things.

We also saddled up and went for a "trail ride" down some neighborhoods in the area. Just getting her used to the sights and sounds, cars passing, manhole covers, kids on bikes. All with a little less at risk under saddle than with a cart behind.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-06-2013, 01:34 PM
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wow sg your horse and medowbrook look awesome ans she looks so well.
and many many thanks for shareing your pictures.
and keep us posted on how things are going and you can look back on it as a gernal on how well every thing has gone.
many thanks michael.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-23-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Updates again.

She's up to 3 days driving with me in the cart behind her (I was kicked by a Percheron, so we've had a few weeks off). She hitched up just like she hadn't missed a day. We worked on getting turns tighter, she's still having trouble with it, her but can't swing out, this thing hits her shoulder, but I still want her to turn. I feel this is one of those things that is just going to take time a practice, but if anyone has any training tips, I'm all ears.

Now for the pictures.

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