Re-driver and Hackney pony make road debut!
Yay! Today, after almost two months with my new pony that my very dear Amish friend Mel bought for me at New Holland as a thank you for helping him get his harness shop ready for a liquidation auction, we agreed that it was time to take Tempest out on the road for the first time. I drove him with Mel along for support and guidance and he did so well--only a shy at a pony-eating table that some neighbors had at the end of their driveway. He didn't mind the cars at all. I think all of those long hand walks I took him on and the hours I grazed him near roads helped him to become comfortable with cars. He seemed so happy to be out there doing his spanking trot in a straight line after schooling in the paddock.
I just realized, reading some other threads, that I'm surely a re-driver! In another life I had a fair license to drive standardbreds and competed in a couple of fairs as well as some amateur driving events at Rosecroft in 1993-94. (Yikes. Almost 20 years ago!)
It was such a happy day. I just wanted to share with others who know the feeling!