Foundered pony pulling children's sleighs?
I want my foundered pony to drive sleighs.
His hooves are bad, but this year he had almost no problems trotting, galloping, rearing and bucking, only when the ground was really hard he limped when trotting.
When it's soft he's great. He loves snow, and doesn't limp then and I think he could pull very easily. He is a strong boy :lol:
I will ask farrier next week when he comes about this, but I'm 98% sure he'll say there are no problems. What do you think?
We've been working on ground driving 2 months ago for few weeks, but then stopped due to hard ground (no rain...). He got it very quickly, and we're going to work on it again, starting next week, after farrier's visit.
I would want to attach this kind of sleighs on him:
Using surcingle and lunges. (I hope I'll be able to get a surcingle in his size, our shops are pretty bad :?)
He would pull on the flat ground, because I don't know how to prevent sleighs crashing in him while going downhill. Unless I could attach sleighs to surcingle with wooden sticks, but I have no idea how to do that.
How much do you think he could pull?
Your opinion on him driving?
Here's the pic (I don't know why it's not in the first post...):
And here's the idea how it should look(google pic):
(any idea what to use as the part that goes in front and it's attached to surcingle?)
Not a comment about the use of your pony but I don't like the setup at all. There are no brakes or breaching so the sleigh can hit the pony in the back of his legs as you mentioned, nor any protection for you if he kicks out.
Whether the pony is able to pull or not, that is not a safe vehicle to use.
BTW, shoes may help his tender feet and will be a real aid when driving is used with borium.
I have to come up with another idea...
I admittedly was once stupid enough years ago to try that setup.
Let's just say the slight slope downhill made the whole ordeal... er..... interesting. Luckily it was only wood in the sleigh and not people- could have been nasty. Need to get a sleigh that has breaks- or one that has solid bars connected to the horse; although that would require a different harnessing set up.
As for the foundering? I have no idea to be honest.
I don't know about the pony - I'd get a vet or farrier out to tell you whether or not he's fine to drive (he's cute though!)
I wouldn't use that sled thingy.
We made a homemade mini-sleigh thing. It works perfect. It's just a plain old cart (like the single driving type of carts with the 2 wheels) with skis in place of the wheels. Here's the skis we got:
It's not cheap but lasts forever. :P
Got the ski/runners/whatchamacallem's at this website:
Tackforminis, Top Quality Tack for You Mini
I have been a farrier for 40 plus years. Horses do recover enough from laminitis to be perfectly useful if it wasn't too extreme. Your pony's feet look great. Snow balls up inside of shoes unless a pad is used. Getting your pony's soles off the ground through using shoes might keep it from being tender on hard ground or gravel. It's recommended that any horse be well broke to a cart before being hooked to a sleigh. You might look for a reasonably priced cart and harness but don't buy a cheaply made harness. Ron's Harness in Canada sells a heavy duty nylon harness with good fittings at a very reasonable price. Anything that is jerry rigged will not be safe. What a cute pony!
The horse is so nice and looks healthy too. If it regularly works on snow then get him good food to help him keep himself warm or use blankets if you see its too cold.
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may i know what is the breed?
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It is pretty severe... It looked like this:
Farrier is doing a good job and Vriski's hooves look a lot better, but his hooves don't grow correctly. Every time before trimming it's the same as 7 weeks before.
I'm happy he can run as much he wants, he was such a poor boy in the beggining. He barely walked and now he gallops, bucks and his favourite: breaks fences :twisted:
I decided to work on ground driving more this winter and next year I will think about buying a cart with possibility of turning into sleighs.
We think he is welsh/shetland and maybe islandic cross. We didn't get any informations from his previous owners, their answer to everything was I don't know. We just had to save poor guy.
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