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Counting Driving Hours

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  • Counting Driving Hours

    Happy dance here, we are getting in driving time! We got out 5 days last week, yesterday and maybe Saturday. Just mostly walking, but it is a start to conditioning. We are logging time driving and distances on the ADS sheets for tracking both pairs. I have always logged on a calendar before, but thought to try theses sheets instead. Not sure I will mail them in, but will be interesting to see what our totals are. They are getting about 3 1/2 miles now, each outing. One horse is in both Pairs, so he has about 19 walking miles, while his two partners only have about 9 miles each. The time/distance tracking program is open to all ADS members for year end winners, pictures in the Whip magazine. We could see you there!

    Horses here are shedding heavily, hair on us, carriage, barn floor. Hope the birds will use it for nests. I like spotting hair nests in Fall when the leaves come off. Last week was great, sunny and warm. This week is mixed, usually with a cold wind blowing too. Husband is doing quite a bit of round penning, reasserting that people are in charge with the younger horses. They are agreeing with him, sessions are getting shorter.

    The horse with the cut side is so happy to get out and run in the roundpen, is much easier to deal with now that he can get exercised daily. He just was no fun pretending to be a 1400 pound kite!! Probably another 10 days of stall as wound fills in better. I want to be sure everything will hold together when he bucks and rolls outside.

    Check over harness, may need loosening on unfit animals when starting again. Look for cracked leather or strapping on rein billets, saddle billets to girth, breeching straps. Check vehicles overy befor hotching. Check tire pressure if you have air filled tires instead of hard rubber tires.

    Trim your bridle path if he has lots of mane. Extra hair will affect bridle fit, maybe make it too tight at the bit, cause bridle to slip off if he shakes his head. Check anything else you can think of before hitching, just to be safe.


  • #2
    Sigh.....
    To date my Count is a big, fat Zero
    Work (only part time) & craptastic weather have sabotaged me.
    If you count yesterday's brief session on the longe - all of 10min - then maybe 1/10 mile... if that...
    Sand footing is deep & wee legs work hard in there.
    Outdoors is too wet.
    But I'll give mini Bugs credit, as he is totally clueless about longeing & did get Start, Stop & Trot in both directions accomplished. Longe whip not an issue either.

    I am envious of fellow Club members who have quiet roads right off their farms to drive.
    They've been out several times already.
    I could trailer over & join them.
    If trailer wasn't getting annual checkup.

    Yes, the Hair Blizzard has arrived!
    No lip balm or whistling (intake of breath) whilst shedding blade is in use.
    I think I've pulled at least 1/3 of another mini off Bugs to date.
    But the Walker is still in the lead of Shed Wars.
    Looking closer to slick than the other 2, but still producing that fringe of hair from the blade.

    Hoosier Horse Fair is the first weekend in May.
    Club has been given greatly discounted stalls & will be in the Parade of Breeds.
    That may be our first drive of the year.
    Hoping not, but it is what it is.

    Good to hear your boy with the cut is healing.

    Drive on!
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    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
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    • #3
      Thats great goodhors! Its alwasys so nice to get out and about. Its been a long winter, thats for sure!

      We have also finally been able to drive. Our sand ring dried out this weekend and we drove each pony as a single on Saturday to make sure they still remembered how to do it lol!

      When driving our first pony the breaks on the single carriage siezed on (luckily it was at the very end of the drive!) and we had to unharness and use the tractor to bring the carriage to our shop to fix it.

      Husband was unable to get the breaks fixed as he opened the line at the main cylinder and now there is air in the break lines. Yikes! But the breaks did release, but now we need to bring it to our friend who can bleed the lines for us. So no breaks on the single carriage for a couple of days!

      I used the carriage for my one pony afterwards and made sure breeching was snug and we were only in a flat sang ring so all worked out ok.

      We then were able to hook the pair togther on Sunday and they had a few little bobbles, but drove out really well. We used our pair carrage so had breaks for that, which is good as we don't have breeching hooked up for the pair.

      We have snow in the forecast for the next couple of days, but hopefully thats it!! Getting tired of snow and the cold, thats for sure!

      Lots of hair coming off the ponies as well - shedding is in full bloom!

      I also lunged my new young pony for the first time. Step one is his driving career! He was a good boy for me and tried really hard. Picked it up really quickly so I was a pleased mom!

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      • #4
        This winter sucked....too much wet and I didn't want to destroy the fields with tire tracks everywhere. Every time it's a bit dryer, it rains. Karma doesn't like driving in Virginia. Last week was pretty weather, course, hurt my ankle, could hardly walk, no barn for me. Now...getting dryer, fields not pad, driving pony is going to be hell on wheels wanting to do. Should be fun!
        "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"

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        • #5
          I'm on the other side of the coin, the last trial of the season is in the books, we finished with our best dressage score to date (and painfully, achingly close to a prelim qualifying score from one judge) and some solid marathon performances for a first season. Cones are a work in progress.

          Ugh, but that never ending rain did take a toll on my lower field and I was really picking and choosing my moments in the arena towards the end, with all that rain, thank all the gods (except the rain god) I have a long hilly (quiet) dirt road to drive on, it was the only reason he was fit to more than 2km this winter, but even so, I had to reassess my plans to do CDEs, I just couldn't get enough days in to get him fit enough. The pneumatic tires are going back on to make it a little easier on my arena, but for the most part, after Southern Drive and some lessons, I'm just going to be doing o1-2 light fitness drives weekly over the summer to not lose too much conditioning. For now, it's black tack of the riding variety time!
          Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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          • #6
            It's been ridiculously rainy out here compared to a normal year, which has torn up the trails a bit, but I survived my first ever schooling show -- friend horse didn't embarrass me, and I didn't embarrass myself (much) in dressage. Cones was a whole new world, because Mr "Been There, Trotted Through That" was apparently channeling his wheeler days and came hammering out of the first tight turn at a canter. Then the second, third, etc. Score for our first go-round has been mercifully forgotten, but we only had one ball down on the second go and I'm still chuffed.
            Originally posted by HuntrJumpr
            No matter what level of showing you're doing, you are required to have pants on.

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              #7
              Not much happened after the good start. Working horses on the ground but only one drive done. Cold or windy, snow today!. Maybe this weekend we can do stuff. Hope it is warm enough for baths so we can clip bridle paths and legs. So much mud or dirt would kill the clippers, so we keep gnawing off their dirty hair with scissors.

              One horse heading to the Trainer for a tune up, got the all clear for her over-extended tendons and ligaments. 10 months off, turned out daily, to "heal thyself", with exercising as she self-restricted her activities. We can't see any issues on the ultradound. Obviously no lameness or impaired motion visible to the trained eyes either. Doc was very happy with her healing, said she can be worked now. Should be a short visit, she will be worked 5 days a week, and will remember things fast. Then we will trade the mare with the 4yr old. Bring the mare home, 4yr old going back to the trainer to start her driving education. She REALLY needs a job, ready to learn things instead of pestering the others.

              Wounded horse is back on daily turnout with the group. He is very happy outside, running from one horse to another most of the day. Lots of sudden hops, bucks and a bit of rearing. Head mare chases him sometimes, pretty to watch them run. Wound is much reduced, though I think scab will stay for a while yet. Not likely to break open again, hole is filling in well, though I think it will "leave a mark".

              Grass was suddenly green on Monday, very funny to be so bright overnight! They are getting a short grazing time daily, race over when I come to open the pasture gates. Not quite as fast to round up for exiting the pasture!! Still cleaning up morning hay.

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              • #8
                Winter seems to have left us (finally!!) at the beginning of April and I quickly started legging up my donkey. One day driving on grass working on detail work, next day head down the road and get a 3 mile drive in. Repeat Mostly walking on the road drives but adding trot sets now. Just taking the time to build up her stamina and conditioning without to much fuss. I have a goal of 3 competitions this summer- 1 ADS show and 2 CDE's. Before that I'm doing a driving clinic and another one that will focus on marathon. The donkey has never done the marathon section before so we have a nice learning curve ahead of us.

                As fate would have it last week a friend of mine who weighs 100# soaking wet told me she would love to be my groom if I ever need one for a driving event. Music to my ears because I have to be very careful with the donkeys pull load otherwise she goes full blown Eroe in pace.

                After a very long winter it has been a gift from above to be able to drive again.

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                • #9
                  I had my first Spring drive with the mini today. Short, but sweet.

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