Colonial Spanish Horse Training Journal

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  1. secuono

    secuono Senior Member

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    Drilled holes in two 3" diameter, 5ft PVC pipes & attached it to his harness & breastcollar so he felt the pull against his chest, no problems. Then added 2 rider mower tires & he drug them at a walk & trot, zero issue!

    Hmm, will try to make an axle to roll 4 old mower tires I have laying around. Then switch to the old truck tire I have. 12" would be the highest I can make the poles at the rear.

    I think his issue isn't anything related to poles, dragging stuff, being between poles or w/e. I think his issue is my fault. I was at his side leading him with one arm out and trying to move the cart along with him with my other hand. So it's my confusing body language that I believe is making him swing his butt away.

    I will attempt to get DH to help on a dry day with him leading & me maneuvering the cart. If nothing goes haywire, I will hook him up and see how he pulls as I lead him. =)

    Exciting!
     
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    That saddle was too broad.
    Have a different one that fits. Redid my pad to match it.
    Taking the youngest mini with me & the gelding on a trail ride real soon. She may end up stalled there instead, which is fine, she needs to work on her separation issues.
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    Went to the trainer buddy's place for my bday today with my gelding & youngest mini.

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    Hooked him up to his cart today!!
    No pics/video, didn't want that as a distraction in the back of my mind.
    Hung the curved shafts in the saddle's tug loops so there was less to worry about if anything went wrong. Will attach the traces to his collar next time, doing things in small steps.
    First we did big slow walking circles to the right, then a smaller, tight right circle so we could then go left. We had to do a few stops and back ups so he would have more room to make that left circle without too much pressure from the cart shafts.
    Then we finished the left circle with walking quickly to the gate and a sudden stop.
    He didn't mind seeing, hearing nor feeling the cart. =D
    I did use hay cube slivers as treats so it'd be more fun for him. Won't use them once we move on to ground driving him in the cart. Want to lead him around a few more times with more turns and trotting before moving on.
    Wish I had a larger area with no grass to practice in, but I guess he'll just end up good about sharp turns and backing up, lol.
    You really can't beat a good pony! ♡
     
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    Got a job, so decided to squeeze in another practice, since IDK what my schedule will be like yet.
    He did great!
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    @secuono, do you have a trainer or a skilled driver helping you with your harness?
     
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    Now that I have a minute: Why no britchen or crupper? That's fairly unsafe, unless you are on a very groomed track in an enclosed area (ex. Standardbred racing or fine harness showing).

    It does also look like your breast collar is too low.

    I am far from an expert, so I'm tagging the experts: @manesntails, @stb_chance, @equinitis, @OldGreyMare
     
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    Put the crupper on. It's there for a reason. Keeps your harness from going too far forward. No trotting until he is solid at the walk outside of an enclosed area AND, take a side walker with you with a lunge line on him attached to the halter. If stuff goes south, the side walker takes charge so you don't grab his mouth with the bit to stop him and set him up for an accident.
     
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