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    10-07-2011, 05:51 PM
  #1
Weanling
When Daddy's Away...

I get to play with his things Well, dad went hunting last night, so I have the farm to myself for the next week.

After my ride on Dee this afternoon, I decided to harness her with one of dad's horses' harness. Not that he wouldn't have let me if he was here, I figured it's just...more peaceful if he's not here hanging over my shoulder telling me what I'm doing wrong

I chose the smallest set of harness. Even if it is the smallest set we have, it's still meant for a 16 hand Percheron, and Dee's barely pushing 14 hands. The collar actually fit reasonably well, because she's got a big drafty-type neck. Of course, I'd never let her pull in it or anything, but for my purpose, it was alright.

I dragged out the jingling harness and she didn't bat an eye as I threw it up over her back. She stood there the entire time with her eyes half-closed. Considering the difference in horses, I would say it actually didn't fit all that horrifically. The breeching and hip straps and such were really too big...okay, the whole thing was too big, but I guess it could have been worse.

I walked her around a bit on the lead to get her used to moving with it. It's big and it slides a bit on her, and it was funny because she walked really slowly, as if trying to keep it from slipping. I found a set of single driving reins in the barn and put them on, made sure she would yield her head when I pulled on each rein, and then I went and ground drove her.

She got a bit fuzzy at times with the steering, but was never out of control. I now understand why I've always heard that driving horses make good riding horses, but riding horses don't make good driving horses-she's used to bending her body around turns and having her body directed as opposed to her head-when you pulled the rein, she'd sometimes turn her head but her body would continue straight. Maybe I should teach her "gee" and "haw" Anyways, considering it was her first time being ground drove (so far as I know), she did really super duper splenderifically well and I'm so proud of her.

I was a little hesitant to leave her harnessed while I ran to the house to get my camera, but I decided she would be fine and I'm glad I did. I got some pictures and thought I'd taken a video, but my camera has apparently decided that taking videos is a lot of work and has gone on strike.

Anyways, sorry for the novel. Here's the good stuff.
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    10-07-2011, 06:05 PM
  #2
Trained
The look on her face says "See this face? This is the 'I'm not happy with you and I'm going to get you for this later' face. Learn it well."
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    10-07-2011, 06:10 PM
  #3
Green Broke
LOL....^^Rodeo had that face for me earlier today!!!

Anyways, OP your horse is adorable! I love her coloring and markings!!!
     
    10-07-2011, 06:11 PM
  #4
Showing
LOL, looks like you had some fun. The whole thing is definitely too big for her but since you just had her walking around, it's no big deal. She looks like a really sweet mare, there are a lot of saddle horses that would not be nearly so accepting of all those straps flopping around on them, close to their flanks and around their butt. Looks like you've got a nice horse there.
     
    10-07-2011, 07:12 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
The look on her face says "See this face? This is the 'I'm not happy with you and I'm going to get you for this later' face. Learn it well."
That evil-looking one was when there was a wasp buzzing around. It followed us during our entire ride and then was flitting around when we got back.

I ended up having an epic battle with it where I smacked it out of the air several times and then it admitted defeat and finally flew away

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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
LOL....^^Rodeo had that face for me earlier today!!!

Anyways, OP your horse is adorable! I love her coloring and markings!!!
Thank you

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Originally Posted by smrobs    
LOL, looks like you had some fun. The whole thing is definitely too big for her but since you just had her walking around, it's no big deal. She looks like a really sweet mare, there are a lot of saddle horses that would not be nearly so accepting of all those straps flopping around on them, close to their flanks and around their butt. Looks like you've got a nice horse there.
She is an incredibly sweet horse. She's 17, been there done that, was a kid's pony for years, and is one of the quietest horses we've ever had. I too am quite impressed that she wasn't bothered by all the straps and reins everywhere, pulling and tugging in different places..but, who knows, she may have had a harness on before. She is a really good girl.
     
    10-07-2011, 07:14 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by pintophile    
That evil-looking one was when there was a wasp buzzing around. It followed us during our entire ride and then was flitting around when we got back.

I ended up having an epic battle with it where I smacked it out of the air several times and then it admitted defeat and finally flew away .
Uh-huh...likely excuse.
     
    10-07-2011, 07:16 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Uh-huh...likely excuse.
I swear! She wouldn't hurt a fly (or..wasp?)!

...though maybe I shouldn't go out to the barn after dark for a few days Just in case she's got some hard feelings.
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    10-07-2011, 11:13 PM
  #8
Yearling
Holy that is big on her! Haha but I hafta say she would look GORGOUS in a fitted harness!!!! She has that look :) and I love her makings. What a pretty girl. I would be super impressed to! Yay for a great first time!!! :)
     
    10-08-2011, 02:22 AM
  #9
Showing
Angie, I completely agree. She would look stunning in a good spotted work harness. Maybe that can be her next job, a cart-horse .
     
    10-08-2011, 08:18 AM
  #10
Weanling
I'm pretty sure dad has a really (really really) old set of driving harness that fits a small horse/pony...at least, he did years ago. I'm sure he'd still have it, since he doesn't throw anything away LOL. I think I'm going to ask him about it when he gets back, just to play around with it. I'd never be able to train her by myself to be a true driving/cart horse, but it would be kinda neat if she could pull little sleds or something. She's definitely quiet enough, and it's not like I don't have help. I need harness for our Hallowe'en costume, anyhow...that's the main reason behind me putting it on her in the first place.
     

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