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Endiku 03-18-2012 10:33 PM

A rather silly question
Well before I ask my question, I'd just like to brag on Sour a little bit ;D skip this if you'd like.

Sour and I have been working very hard in the past few months to prep her for driving, and we have finally gotten the go-ahead from my trainer to hook her up to the cart, just in time for her fourth birthday! This may not sound like a big deal, but if any of you know Sour- you realize that this is actually a giant accomplishment for both of us. My little mare has transformed fom a terribly mannered, agressive mini who hated people with a passion to a wonderful (though sometimes very tricky), sweet hearted little horse.

In order to make sure that Sour was ready, my wonderful trainer set up a course for both of us to maneuver yesterday. It was set up so that neither of us had seen it before to test our fast thinking and communication skills while ground driving, and went something like this.

It began on our small trail which exposed her to roots, branches, bugs, tons of mud (ick), and wind. It wound this way and that, and often we had to back up and change direction. Once emerging from there, we had to walk over a 'teeter totter' bridge, which moved as she stepped on it and onto a tarp. Next she had to 'pole bend' at a walk and trot around five cones without knocking them over, and step over a flower box. She was then asked to walk into a keyhole, turn, back out of it- and walk into our arena, halt- allow me to close the gate, and drop contact with her mouth. At this moment I was then instructed to turn her in a box with only voice commands. She performed this nearly flawlessly, only hesitating twice. I then assumed that we were done, but to test both of our abilities, my trainer drive a remote control cart of all things- straight into the arena and under poor Sour's front feet as she was walking!

I won't lie- I didn't have any faith that she would react well to this. I have desensatized her as throughly as possible, but she has never even heard a RMC, let alone seen one zoom out of sight under her before. But remarkably...she didn't even flinch. You have no idea how proud I am of my girl at this moment. From going from a green on green 12 year old girl and 6 month old agressive pony to this...I couldn't of ever imagined it. And I have only both of our stubborness and my wonderful trainer's will and brains to thank for it :D

SO, as soon as the mud dries up, we'll be bringing out the cart and she will be hitched up for the very first time... hopefully within the next two weeks!!!

aaand now that I'm done with my huge, boring story- the question.

I recently bought Sour a new driving bridle, and it fits her pretty well. However, she has that trademark insanely-thick-insanely-long miniature horse forelock that I have no idea what to do with!!! What is the proper thing to do? Tuck it under the browband (which is what I am doing right now) or squeeze it through the 'triangle' that her blinkers make with the browband and let is stick out like she's an onion or something? XD I've attached some pictures of her tacked up for reference.

(please ignore the horrid braid and fat belly, she's been rather lazy with me out recuperating from surgery. :oops:)

OkieGal 03-18-2012 10:38 PM

Possibly braid it and tuck under the browband?
I think that would look nice but I know nothing on how a driving/carriage horse is supposed to look.
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Ladytrails 03-18-2012 10:46 PM

I don't know what the "proper" thing is, but I always gather the forelock and tuck it under the browband, to the side, away from the eye. It looks nice and neat and appears to be comfortable for the horse. A tidy braided forelock would work, too, again tucked to the side.

She is a cutie!

Lins 03-18-2012 10:54 PM

Congrats! Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishing goals and testing a horse successfully. She is adorable! I think her forelock would look tidy and adorable in a braid.
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GreySorrel 03-19-2012 11:27 AM

When we drive, I will usually braid the forelock then tuck it a bit to the side, you can add a colored band or something that blends in with the color of the hair...cutie pie pony!! Also, cut a small bridle path so your bridle sets better on her head, that is important as well, you would be amazed that the hair there and how thick it can get or pull the bridle up.....

Endiku 03-19-2012 12:36 PM

Thank you so much, guys! I really had no idea. With our arabian, her forelock is so tuffy and short that they just poke it through, but I really had no idea what to do with her crazy hair! I think it will still be bothersome for her to have it just tucked to the side, so I'll probably try braiding it and hope that it isn't too thick. If it is, I suppose I could thin her forelock just a bit.

As for the bridle path...well, she did have one three weeks ago! :lol: You wouldn't believe how fast that hair grows back. I'll try to remember to bring the clippers out this week and fix it up again ^^

ETA: actually, now that I think about it- that's probably why her browband was standing up a bit funny. All of that hair!

Ladytrails 03-19-2012 06:53 PM

My vet's assistant called my pony's mane & forelock his "pony afro".... just gobs of hair! I trimmed a little off for the bridle path and the amount of hair on the barn floor was just amazing.

Endiku 03-20-2012 04:03 PM

XD thats perfect! A pony afro. I like it.

I went out and trimmed a bridle path a little while ago :P I probably only took about an inch and a half - if that, and I could of made a baby's wig out of it there was so much!!!

On the down side though, it's raining again- so my hopes for hooking her up have been crushed again ._.

oh well! I guess I'll just see if I can somehow attach a tire somehow and get her to drag that :P

GreySorrel 03-22-2012 12:54 PM

If I can offer a bit more advice, your crupper should be clean of hair when you put it on your pony. It looks as if some is under the don't let hair get under it or over it as that can cause rubbing or pulling of the hair and/or skin. And don't let it hang too loose, if you can get a finger or two between it and the underside of the tail, your doing good!

BoldComic 03-24-2012 06:35 PM

I usually band Major's forlock to the side and under the brow band. On another note, when he closes his mouth does the bit stick out the side at all? In that pic it looks a little big but it could just be because his mouth is open.

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