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The other morning Ruby, Tru-D, and McLintock were lined up in order of size. By the time I got my phone to take a picture Mac had moved, but it did give a good size comparison between Ruby and Tru-D currently (with Charm-N peaking over their backs).




Yesterday Robin surprised me with some pictures of Kitt and I working during our training with Carrie.



Kitt-Monster in action.



Kitt is way more fit than she would like people to believe she is. She had a lot of trotting today lungeing students and there was barely a flutter in her nostrils and she was hardly damp under the saddle despite the heat.

Between lesson sets I went and worked with Ballad. Poor Monique has been fighting with her health so our sessions have been spotty. Today I went ahead and worked the little guy since she was having a bad day. Since he's just a little guy and has been stellar thusfar I felt comfortable hooking him up and driving him in her pasture on my own (she was in the house at least).

The little gelding stood great to get hitched and his size meant I could just reach over to get the shafts in and the rest of the hooking process was easy. We had a nice little drive and both walked and jogged around the pasture. We played a little with the whip cues, specifically getting him to step through his hip more on the turns rather than wedging his body between the shafts.

The only real sticking spot was getting him to back. He tossed his head a bit, wiggled both ways, the finally stepped back. The subsequent requests to back went much better and soon he was backing much softer.

I managed to snap a picture of the adorable little guy. I'm not sure if he's even 12 hands.



Monique is super lucky to have such a nice, young pony to drive. Ballad will be five this year and is exactly where I would want him to be for his age despite having a year off.

Tomorrow is another full day and it looks like there are many full days ahead, which is good because in another month it is going to get even hotter and we'll see how many wilt.

The lady with the gypsy cob wants to move forward with driving training, but is weighing her options. Full training is still in the air, but traveling to where she boards is also an option.

The couple who started driving a couple weeks ago have a horse they are wanting to get driving too.

I might have found a bit of a niche with this driving thing.

Date: 2017-04-22 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poniesandphotos.livejournal.com
True-D has such a cute, expressive face!

Looks like business is booming. Congrats!

Date: 2017-04-22 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lantairvlea.livejournal.com
That she does!

It is! I'm hoping it keeps up and I can manage to fit everyone in as it heats up.

Date: 2017-04-22 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitteredhorse.livejournal.com
It seems like driving instructors are a bit hard to come by no matter where you are so I think you are right - definitely found your niche!

Its always scared me a little in terms of the horse bolting...how do you stop when you aren't actually sitting on the horse??

Date: 2017-04-22 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lantairvlea.livejournal.com
It's definitely a skill that is more scarce than general riding, but there is also a surprising amount of it once you start poking around. That said in my area there is the woman I learned from is only 7 miles away, but she is moving into her therapy stuff over lessons and the next closest is about 20 miles away and has limited openings. Plus I cross over between pleasure and draft/agriculture driving and they are just on the pleasure side.

If necessary you can brace against the front of the cart and really put your whole body into it. Ideally you don't have to get to that point. Most driving bits also have leverage options, but you won't be changing the leverage mid-bolt, obviously, but going into a situation where you aren't sure how your horse might act (hauling to a new place, show, trail, etc) you can drop the reins on the bit and have more leverage without changing the mouthpiece.

That all said many modern vehicles have brakes. Pretty much all four-wheelers and some two-wheeled carts. The brakes aren't going to stop the horse either, but going from pulling 500lbs+ rolling on wheels to it becoming a dead weight that can discourage continued forward motion as well!

Of course the best way to fix bolting is to be really spot on with your training, but things can happen. Today driving Bud around the neighborhood some of my client's neighbors were building a tree house and using an impact drill. As we came by all was silent and then as we came level "Brrrrrkkkkkttttt!" really loud. Bud skittered sideways in a completely honest and understandable spook, but got his head back on after a quarter turn despite the drill still going off and on.

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