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    09-03-2011, 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by dirtymartini    
every time you post driving pics I get so jealous! Looks like fun. He sure is handsome. We zip around our neighborhood in our golf cart, but lots of folks around here have golf carts, so no big deal. We would be the coolest family around if we had Bruno pulling a cart!
Thanks, he is doing very well, it was fun to finally drive him.
I hope you do get Bruno going, you and he would have such a good time out just tooling around!

Originally Posted by lilmamabergie    
Thanks so much.

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    09-19-2011, 12:45 AM
Domino is a beautiful boy to begin with, and he looks gorgeous in harness.

As nice as it is to have a beautifully matched pair, I'd place most importance on similar way of going. With that in mind, however, I'd give them time (I don't know how long Kozmo has been driving). Domino may become more forward once he has his driving muscles developed. Mingus moved beautifully at liberty, but minced along when first harnessed. Once he built up some muscle, that beautiful movement returned.

Have you worked him over cavaletti? Not hitched, of course!
    09-20-2011, 02:31 PM
Thanks Susanne, I'm very happy with him.

Yes, of course first and foremost they need to work together as a team. Does not matter how nice they may look together if they can't do that.
Kozmo has been driving for the past four years now. We were told that Domino was shown in driving classes, but I started him as if he knew nothing, just to be safe.
I am not in a hurry, I want to drive Domino more on his own, get to "know" him better and all that. The 'ole hubby has been wanting a team to drive, so would love to make that happen for him, but it just might not work out that way..... time will tell.

Oh, and yes, I love to work them over Cavaletti's and jumps, good exercise and keeps them from getting bored too.

    10-16-2011, 11:13 AM
He is really beautiful!! I just had a go at driving a friends mini for the first time and it was amazing!! Now I want to drive my own..can I ask....where did yo get your cart its just what I want (as long as the suspension is good) and how long did you long rein him before putting on the hcart?? Also, someone told me you have to attach reins to the circingle and leave them in the stable for half a day at a time to "mouth" them?? Is this true cos I hate the sound of it????? Sorry for all the questions and happy driving!!!
    10-18-2011, 01:34 PM
Driving really is fun isn't it!
And thank you, I think he is pretty handsome myself....

The cart, my husband designed and built. It is soooo nice, rides really smooth and is perfectly balanced, very easy on the horse. I really love it.
Here's a little better pic of it, you can see some of the copper leaves he detailed it with. Well, somewhere in amongst the 4th of July decorations anyway.

As for what you heard about "mouthing" them, I have, and never would, do such a thing. Sounds very unsafe, as well as a lazy way of training to be perfectly honest.
(Don't mean to offend any one if they do use that method, just expressing MY view on that.)

In answer to how long before putting them to cart, really depends on the horse and how they are coming along in their training.
I start off with ground work, then start some lunging, get them use to a barn halter we put some blinders on, and work them wearing that from then on. We do tons of ground driving. Then get them use to the travois, and work them pulling that around, then move onto a training chariot after that, etc.....
I don't move on from one step until they have that down. Then they are ready for the cart. Each horse is an individual, so you can not put an exact time line on it.

Would love to see pics of your mini, or minis? And hear about your training and all too.

    10-18-2011, 01:49 PM
What a little cutie, and I love your cart
    10-18-2011, 01:54 PM
Golden Horse, Thank You, AND Thank You!
    10-29-2011, 02:47 PM
Bonny coloured little fellow, I would love a spotted chap.....but everyone here would have a hissy fit!
    10-30-2011, 04:58 PM
Thanks Fatty Lumpkin.
I also have another leopard appy, strawberry instead of black, Kozmo. (in my Avatar pic) He is the one who started my love of spots!


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