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    Brag the 1st:
    I drove a pair!
    OK, pair of Shetlands, for all of 10min & friend had already worked them down, but still.....
    This was only the 3rd time she has driven them together, I was able to WTC and what a thrill to have ponies listen.
    Hats off to you Multiple Drivers - it was a lot like Rub Tummy, Pat Head - feeling each pony separately through the lines.
    HTH does anyone handle 4-Up or more

    Brag #2:
    Guy training my mini reports he is doing great.
    He has now been driven down the road - maybe 1/2mi each way.
    Was also used to help clear a field of trash - meaning a whole lot of Stop & Stand.
    Hope to bring the little guy home by the end of May - he turns 3 on the 24th.
    He will have some time off aside from ground-driving as I need to get the saddle girth on his (new & not yet used) harness shortened - even in his Winter Woolies it was too long.
    Also got him a Mullen-mouth half-cheek instead of the snaffle he's been training in.
    My narrow-mouthed Hackney is much happier with a Mullen & I think this baby will be too.
    I relocated his new cart from my garage to the barn & was very pleased with how light it felt.
    Mini probably does not weigh a lot more than I do, so he s/b happy with the light weight

    Looking forward to enjoying the Summer that has FINALLY arrived!

    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015

  • #2

    * driving is great fun but driving a team =

    MORE FUN !!

    Enjoy your DRIVING SUMMER !!
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


    • #3
      Awesome! Huge congrats on both accounts


      • #4
        How lovely to hear both pieces of good news! Makes for a great weekend for you.


        • #5
          What fun!

          My husband gave me a lesson with a pair of Percherons for my birthday a few years ago. It was quite different from driving my 13.2HH super calm pony, to say the least. The owner said "oh, by the way, the horses are pretty fresh today--haven't been out in weeks." Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

          I'd do it again, but my hands aren't up for it.



          • Original Poster

            Thanks, All.
            I am still smiling.

            Zu Zu at my advanced age & late start to driving I think the mini will be plenty Fun for me
            Of course, at one time I never thought I'd be interested in driving at all... So......

            DiamondJubilee & goodhors: When things go Right they go REALLY Right!

            RMJacobs: I cannot imagine having "fresh" Drafts on my lines. I now have a complete new R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the drivers showing the 6-hitch Drafts at Fair.
            And recalling the demo one year by a 14yo girl with 6 Percherons,,, Threading the Needle
            *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
            Steppin' Out 1988-2004
            Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
            Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


            • #7
              2DogsFarm, there is no way in hell I would have driven those Percherons without the owner on the box next to me, ready to take over in a split second! Ponies are definitely more my ability level on my own.



              • Original Poster

                Ponies, or minis!
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                • #9
                  LOVE driving pairs. I don't have a pair right now, and don't see one anytime soon, but I miss it.


                  • #10
                    I had a chance once to help a guy with his draft team and when he handed me the lines it was an awesome feeling. He let me drive, under his supervision, for an entire afternoon. This was 25 years ago and still feels like yesterday. It was one of the most memorable days I have ever had.
                    Glad to hear that you had the chance to drive a team, and that your little guy is progessing in his lessons. Minis are fun .
                    ETA: both my minis are happier in a Mullen mouth, too.


                    • #11
                      Or minis, for sure! Although when I was horse shopping, I ran into some very feisty minis.



                      • Original Poster

                        cayuse I cannot imagine how a Draft team would feel, but I stop breathing a little when I try
                        Thanks for the vote on the Mullen mouth, Something about that narrow little mouth tells me a snaffle is too "pokey". I'm sure there are ponies & minis perfectly happy in them, but for my guys I'm going with my gut.

                        RMJacobs I passed on my guys 1/2 brother because he was {ahem} the feistier
                        They may be small, but still outweigh me & compliant wins every time!

                        Christa P - right now 1 eeny-weeny is enuff for Newb Me
                        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                        • #13
                          My pairs were 11-12 hands, so not big horses, but FUN to drive .

                          Right now I'm getting an OTTB started driving and if I had the $$$ and help I would be at Fingerlakes looking for a match .


                          • #14
                            I can only imagine how much fun driving a pair of ponies can be! I have a retired harness racer and she still rides in a mullen mouth. She wrinkles her face into the most mareish of stares if I dare show her any other kind of bit.


                            • #15
                              Yay! Congratulations!!!
                              Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                              • Original Poster

                                Have to enlarge on Brag #2:
                                Mini has been harnessed & driven (short drives) on the (quiet) roads where the Amish kids working him live.
                                The 4 boys - 8-14yo stairsteps - have now harnessed & driven him 4 times with only supervision from Dad.
                                When I brought him there I told them to break him as if he were for their Grandma.
                                Sounds like they took me seriously
                                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                • #17
                                  Awesome to hear the progress on your little guy.

                                  Also teams/pairs=double the fun! We started putting my husband's two draft mares together last year. There is a draft-focused clinic in my state each year that does everything from singles and teams to three and four abreast and four-up (the horsepower on that sulky plow!). Two days of fun!