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!