I took both of my ponies out for a cutter ride today. The weather was beautiful, just below freezing and very little wind. The sun even came out (I haven't seen that in weeks lol!). I took the 10 year old out first, Bentley, and then took out the 16 year old, Doulton, out afterwards. They were feeling great and really motored along!
The cutter is my mother in laws and I'm just storing it at our farm for safe keeping Though the ponies have been driving for many years, it was both of their first times pulling a cutter. They both jumped a little when the skis hit some dirt patches, but they settled in pretty quickly and off they went! They were both very good boys and had lots of treats afterwards
The shafts are a little long for them as it was made for a cob, I just had to hook them as far out as I could. It worked, but just!
I didn't use bells yesterday. I don't tend to use them when I'm on my own. We used to put them on when we hitched to the marathon carriage and went through the subdivision (we don't live near any houses anymore, so we don't really do that anymore).
Thanks all! It was a lot of fun and I'm just about to go outside and do it again! Even with the cold weather we've been having and the snow, parts of the ground are still not frozen and we were sliding on mud lol!! We have groomed the trail a little more so hopefully its a little more frozen. Its a cold one out there now, about -10C so I will see how long I last for! At least there is no wind and the sun has decided to come back out....
Heck, think of the mud parts as "polishing" the runners, so they slide easier!
We have found wearing ski goggles to help keep your face a bit warmer, plus no ice or snow in your face! Those heat pack in your boots, mittens, are helpful in keeping those parts moving after a cold ride. We also had laprobes (horse coolers work fine) to keep the wind from cutting right thru your snow pants. Anything leather, mittens, chaps, real sheepskin hoods or hats, is great for not letting the wind get thru because sitting will get you cold during the ride. We had warmed up soapstones for the little kids to sit on, when they were very little. Helped a lot on longer rides. Hot soapstones last about an hour outside in the sleigh. We heated them in the oven for a couple hours ahead of time.
I am so seriously jealous. I have just got home from driving my two ponies - CD in a couple of weeks - and it is hot! Tee shirt and shorts weather. Your photos are such a contrast! At least I am not having to ride and wear boots and breeches!
I only got to ride once in a sleigh a Russian troika which was insanely fun but unbelievably cold!! Not sure if I could do it again as I'm very spoiled with living in the Deep South but it is always beautiful to see.
I am getting my OTSTB back to driving as he really detests riding and it was my hope to eventually do CDE's and Long Distance Driving. After Mardi Gras (I am hoping to do at least one Mardi Gras parade out of 4 weeks of parades) I am on the hunt for a nice cart.
Lucky you! We haven't had the *right kind* of snow (yet) to pull the Portland cutter out of the carriage house. We planned on putting the pole on it to use the pair, but that requires a special modification to be engineered - which never seems to be on the top of the To Do list.
In the meantime, for anyone who wants to enjoy a little sleigh ride, here ya go.