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  • New driving pics & video, & harness help, please.

    At least you can see where we live. And I had a competent horse-person passenger!

    Cookie was really lowering her head and rounding up her back on this drive on Thursday. Do you think it'll be OK? I'm hoping the chiro saw a one-time fluke because of Cookie's sore withers and stuck hip. She never has chiro issues.





    really short trot video:


    Please tell me if her harness needs adjusting. I don't want to wait till my next lesson to make adjustments if necessary.



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  • #2
    I don;t see anything out of the ordinary from this angle. Can you get someone to take a video from the side as you drive around them one way, another then on the straight?

    I couldn;t get the video to play? not usually a problem for me.


    • #3
      A couple of things struck me as very out of the ordinary.

      Funny accent
      Driving on the wrong side of the road

      Seriously though. Nothing looks immediately obvious from the photos except you need to get the riding saddle pad off from underneath the driving saddle.

      A thick pad makes a well fitting saddle so that it doesn't fit and no pad will make an ill fitting saddle fit.

      If you're using something just to protect your harness from the horse's sweat, then just the thinnest driving saddle pad would be advisable.


      • Original Poster

        Cartfall, once in a while the vid won't work for me either. Try again another time if you think of it. I wonder if sometimes Photobucket's server gets overloaded.

        I'll try to get side driving pics. I need to set up my camera on automatic, set the timer, and drive past it, LOL! I wish I had thought of it when my friend was here a few days ago. I bet I can get her to come back. I have set the *driving hook* and am ready to reel her in! She drove for 20 minutes off the main road and did a great job. She has dressage riding training and had a great feel. Cookie really bent in the turns.

        "Hardy-har-har", Thomas!

        Yes, I know it's all wacky, but I'm a product of my environment - the USA!

        I began using the pad when the saddle was too tight. Then I found out how to spring it out, and it fits well now. Just never stopped using the pad thinking it couldn't hurt. I have a *baby pad* that is very thin and will keep the back pad clean. Thanks!

        I posted a while ago that we were having trouble with the overly wide/thick bc pad causing rubs on Cookie's throat and chest. I found a Roma Gel girth cover on ebay and the length was perfect. I sewed on self-sticking velcro tabs, and made a thin but cushy bc pad. Cookie isn't sore and reactive in those places anymore.


        "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


        • #5
          I watched the video, I just thought she was rounding as she took the load going up a hill. Quite normal as horses work up hills and a very healthy way to move.

          That said...the last two photos...I keep looking at the angles of her front feet. She is up on her toes quite a bit, or at least it looks that way in the photos and I KNOW photos can be very misleading -so no judgments here, it is just a thought. It could just be that her pastern angles are a little steep and she is being trimmed to that angle. But...they look off to me. So, if you do think she is having any issues, you might want to look at how she is being trimmed -particularly the angles on the fronts.
          Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF


          • Original Poster

            Good eye, Jill! Really good eye!

            Since I have no experience with driving horses, I let my farrier make the decision as to what to do with Cookie's trim/shoes. I told him we will mostly be driving on the paved roads for quite a while, so he gave her shoes with little *heels* for traction. They are giving her traction, but I don't know what to think of them otherwise. She was wearing them for 2 weeks when the chiro found her shoulders sore & one hip stuck. It could be a coincidence though. Chiro said Cookie was learning how to walk in high heels. She was barefoot before, and I found she needs shoes of some sort for protection.

            Incidentally, Cookie toes in with both fronts to some degree, so you will be seeing that in our pics off and on. I have an excellent farrier trimming her.

            Should I begin another post asking for opinions of *heels* and good road driving shoes?

            "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx


            • #7
              Hi Yip,

              if the little heels are caulks, there are other ways to get traction on roads. I buy special nails from the local farrier store (50 miles away) with borium tips. Use one on each heel nail, otherwise normal shoes and normal nails. No sore shoulders either.

              Good luck. You should be able to find these on line, I have forgotten the name --


              • #8
                I am not a fan of heels at all. Some types of draft shoes come with them and I hate them -they set the angles off on the feet. I would lose them on the next set of shoes.

                For traction (as in road work and slipping), you might try borium spots or studs with better results. I like borium but most farriers dislike putting them on the shoes (requires high heat) but you can buy them already on.

                Also, they are kind of expensive but I have put those shoes on with half inch of rubber added over the regular shoe and loved them but my big mares wear them out. I can't remember the name of them though. They are advertised in the draft horse journal and other driving mags.
                Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF


                • #9
                  Jill, Well spotted

                  I wouldn't advise heel caulks on a light harness horse.

                  For traction, you'd be better with tungsten road stud nails on the hind shoes.

                  Have a look at post 7 on the FAQ's - it's about shoeing driving horses and you might find it helpful.


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks, everyone. We're going to lose those shoes in a week or two.

                    Will go look at the post about shoes. Thanks, Thomas!

                    Product of her environment -
                    "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx