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BoldComic 05-12-2013 07:01 PM

Teamster School with Pictures
Here they are. The pictures from our driving lessons this weekend. We did a total of 18 hours over 3 days. I had no idea there was so much to learn. And I thought alignment was just for cars. Not so! We learned about harness types, parts, materials, fit, adjustment. Hitching singles, and pairs. Latitudinal, longitudinal, and height alignment. Different vehicle types, etc. It was amazing. We got in quite a bit of driving as well. The first evening we got to ground drive Tammy.

The next day we hitched up Ben and Jerry and drove a hay wagon.

The last day we harnessed Tammy and her teammate Linda...

And drove them in front of a forecart with harrow dragging behind.

Then that evening we helped get Tammy and the Vis-a-Vis cleaned up for a wedding. After the wedding we got to drive around town in the Vis-a-Vis. We all got to take turns driving it as well. We toured town stopping at the gas station for drinks and the post office to mail some postcards.

It was a fantastic 3 days. I feel confident that I could hitch a team (slowly maybe) and have the harness fitting and the proper alignment for both the team and the vehicle. It's a start for sure. Now to practice as much as possible.

Clayton Taffy 05-12-2013 10:04 PM

How fun!! Beautiful scenery and nice horses how much more do you need?iIt sounds like you guys sure got a great education.

When are you going to start training yours to drive ?

BoldComic 05-12-2013 11:38 PM

My mini mare goes to training June 1 and my gelding I will continue to train at home. I'd like to break my husbands draft cross to drive when I'm a little more confident.

michaelvanessa 05-13-2013 03:12 AM

driveing school
hiya thay are awesome pictures for good memorys to keep.
it looks like you have had a lot of fun there and a great time.
im glad your mini is geting along fine and that youll soon be driveing.
it sounds like you have had a fantastic 3 days and in quite a lot of different sphears in the driveig world many thanks for shareing your pictures.

Clayton Taffy 05-13-2013 11:00 AM


Originally Posted by BoldComic (Post 2497153)
My mini mare goes to training June 1 and my gelding I will continue to train at home. I'd like to break my husbands draft cross to drive when I'm a little more confident.

You can always just start to ground drive your hubby's horse, that will build your confidence and the horses'. You can never do too much ground driving.
How about some photos of the future driving equines, please.

michaelvanessa 05-13-2013 11:25 AM

ground driveing
the advice from taffy clayton is great and spot on.
for both of you to learn from and you and your horse will have a lot of fun and educate each other.

Endiku 05-13-2013 02:42 PM

What gorgeous horses! It looks like you've learned a lot in the past few days.

I agree about ground driving hubby's horse. I try to ground drive my mini mare at least once a week or so to work on contact, rhythm, and lightness without the distraction of a cart to pull with her, even though she's already broke to drive. I've found that it helps a lot.

rexing93 05-13-2013 02:56 PM

Lovely pictures!
Looks like you were able to learn quite a bit! Seems like exciting stuff ^-^

Good luck with your future endeavors!

BoldComic 05-13-2013 05:20 PM

Here are the driving prospects.

This is my 13 year old gelding Major. He has had some work done with him but I am starting from the beginning with him since no one knew how much work had been done.

This is Clementine. She is about 37" I think. She just turned 3 and is the one I'm sending to training in June. She is less reactive than Major and I think she'll make an awesome solid driving horse.

Here is hubby's horse Maggie (Dun on the left). I've also got pics of her in the half draft thread.

michaelvanessa 05-14-2013 03:29 PM

horse pictures
hiya thay are beautiful horses and hope fully you will be driveing soon many thanks for the pictures michael.

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