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post #1 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Pulling logs and branches with Sundance

Earlier in the week we started clearing the riding path through the woods that will let us ride through to the gap where the other pasture is that we are able to use this year. There were already a lot of logs and limbs down so I saddled Sundance and put him to work. This was his first time ever actually pulling anything with some weight to it but he did very well. Chanti does it much better because she will walk out of the woods and stop on voice commands so it's a lot easier and she is stronger and can pull more but since she's still too thin and has a foal attached to her hip and a wound on her leg she won't be used for anything for a while.

Does anybody else do this with their horses? He seemed to actually enjoy being put to work instead of aimlessly riding in the pasture lol. We pulled 10 out that one day and some were really good sized.





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post #2 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 08:55 PM
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Yes, but I put my horse in his driving harness. LOL. A couple summers ago we were cleaning up the yard and for some unknown reason there was the springs from a mattress tangled in grass at the edge of the yard. I have no idea how it got there, but I knew I didn't want it there!

After watching the guys try to bully it loose for about half an hour, I harnessed up my cart horse and tied a couple lines onto the old mattress (with a breakaway rope in case the horse got into trouble) and asked him to pull! As a cart horse, he was used to pulling things on wheels that moved easily, not something stuck and woven into the grass. It took several clucks and four tries, but he got that sucker unstuck and drug it to the dumpster!! He got a lot of extra carrots. They love to be useful.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-09-2012, 09:19 PM
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Selena prefers to be the driver and likes me to be the puller.....

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-10-2012, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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lol We don't have any harness so we just tie it on to the horn and go from there. I think Chanti would make a good buggy horse though, if she wasn't so traffic skittish.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-10-2012, 09:38 PM
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Sam was used to drag trees to clear pasture and posts to put fence in. That was in his younger days. I should teach him to drive...

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