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post #1 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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First drive with my boy!

So awhile back I started using my draft cross gelding to drag my arena, using a drag I made - it worked MUCH better than the tractor drag I'd previously been using. It rekindled my desire to drive, and I've been on the lookout for a cart for a year or so. Well, today I finally acquired one! It's on loan, and I had to take it to a bike shop to have a new tires put on (a $35 investment), but I had a GREAT time introducing Shay to the cart today.

He was instantly curious about the cart when I walked him towards where I had it waiting in the arena. After a few minutes of letting him inspect it, he was totally fine with me rolling it around, and leading him while I pulled it. So I had him stand while I lowered the shafts over him, took them off, lowered them again. By the time I felt absolutely sure he wouldn't react, tied him up, and put his harness on, he was bored enough to start nibbling the fence.



So then I led him around awhile, so he could get used to moving in the shafts.



After that, I put his bridle and lines on, and walked behind the cart for a little bit. He seemed calm and confident, so I called my barn owner over to help by leading Shay while I sat in the cart, just in case he got nervous from the addition of weight or change in angle in the reins. After just a few laps, I felt in control enough to have my BO unclip the lead rope. By the end, things were going well enough to let a friend's daughter ride along for a couple of laps before we called it a day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WekS...xVtQ7FVhlO_AZg

All in all, a GREAT first drive!
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 07:23 AM
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What a handsome boy! Videos are not available to watch :(
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post #3 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 09:24 AM
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Yep, videos are private. What a cute horse, though. Glad he did so well with it.
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post #4 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 10:59 AM
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That looks like SoCal all right. Are you down by L.A.?

The first time in the cart with your horse is always the best. Of course for me, with my already super experienced driving horse, his reaction was more 'what took you so long to do this'

Your breastcollar seems a little low, but that might just be the angle of the picture.
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post #5 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 11:12 AM
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Your boy sure does look spiffy in blue! Congrats on the successful drive <3

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Duuur. Not low. I meant high. Why did I say low?
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post #7 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone for such positive responses. :)

I got a reminder from the mods that linking to Facebook wasn't ok (sorry!), so those were removed (and that's probably also why they weren't working initially) but I did go and make sure that the Youtube video was set to "public" so y'all should be able to see it now. I'm hoping once I get a bit better at this, I'll be able to nab my dad's go-pro for better quality video.

California Dreaming - I'm down in south OC. The breast collar IS a little high in that photo, but seemed fine while diving. You can kind of see how my little arena is a bit bowl-shaped and the angle of the cart is lifting the shafts a bit and by extension, lifting the breastcollar a bit. Even so, yesterday was my first time hitching a horse to a real cart, and I don't have an in-person mentor to learn from - so I've been getting all my info from books, videos, observation, and what is probably an annoying number of questions posed to a draft horse group on Facebook lol. I do believe that I'll have to do a fair amount of fiddling with the harness to really get the hang of it and perfect the fit. :) I actually don't anticipate using this harness for very long, as cute as the blue does look on him. I'd like to save up for a better quality, better fitting biothane harness.
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What a stunning horse! How can you see around him while you're driving though?! haha. He is quite spiffy in blue.

Put your bridle on first, though- before the cart :) number one driving rule. Never hitch your horse without his bridle on!

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post #9 of 23 Old 08-01-2014, 02:11 PM
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So jealous!! I want to teach Aires to drive. I think he'd be super cute pulling a cart.

How tall is your boy? Is that a regular horse-size cart?
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What a stunning horse! How can you see around him while you're driving though?! haha. He is quite spiffy in blue.

Put your bridle on first, though- before the cart :) number one driving rule. Never hitch your horse without his bridle on!
Thank you for that info! I didn't know that (as I said, I got most of my info from books). Can I ask why that is? And when you say to put the bridle on first, does that include the reins? If so, where should I tie the reins?

It WAS a bit hard to see around him - I found myself wishing I had a booster seat lol. BUT I figure that if I can learn to do well with what I already HAVE, then I'll be that much better with better equipment, right? :)

Blue and chocolate brown are his barn colors - most people put chestnuts in green, but I think the blue really pops on him. :)
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