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post #1 of 7 Old 09-14-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Updates on Oak's Training

Here we are!

This is Oakley's first ever time with a passenger. I was still ground driving her at this point, with my boyfriend in the cart (in his jammies! lol) and only holding the lines for the picture. Shortly after this, I hopped in and DROVE HER MYSELF! I could have died of excitement.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-14-2012, 08:17 PM
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Awesome, good for you! May i ask how you got her used to the shafts? My friend has a filly she is trying to train to drive and it will certainly help to have some tips!

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-15-2012, 06:45 AM
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hiya thats fantastic i am happy for all 3 of you.
your self and your boyfrend and your horse.
i see she has her eye on him and thats fantastic that she is in an open bridle.
may i ask one thing were the reins split keep the buckle near one hand in a loop as not to get it cought in the wheels when your out driveing.
from what you have acheaved there you have educated your self as a trainer in time you will progress therther it takes time as you can see with the pacents you have shown over time for her to axcept her work.
may i wish you the best and lots of adventures in driveing.
and may all 3 of you enjoy your selfs, may be you will go out for a drive and have a picnic some were.
all the best michael and tricky.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-15-2012, 07:34 PM
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LilRuffian, I don't know what they did, but what I do is use pool noodles! I start once they're happily ground driving and practice with just one pool noodle. Once they're Thoroughly desensitized to it everywhere I drive them with one pool noodle strapped in like a shaft, then move up to two. They get the feel for something bumping their sides.
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Thanks for the comments. She is a very willing filly and very unreactive, so after ground driving and getting a good grip on steering and whoa, I put her straight to drag poles.. that is, two shaft like pieces (I use wood) with a stabilizing piece on the back.. here is a photo: (for reference.. I know they're only through the holdback straps.. lol we have a lot to learn, here!)

And then it was just more ground driving. Dragging them over rocks and grass and up and down hills and letting them bump around and make noise.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 03:28 PM
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I would make a few adjustments. The shafts should be at the point of shoulder and they are too long and too far forward. I would also raise the breeching a bitnd Once you get the cart moved back then your breeching will work better also.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-17-2012, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Well we all start somewhere, don't we?

The shafts might be a bit too long but I'd rather have them too long than too short. We are doing just fine thanks.
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