I've had Tipsey for about 4 months now. She is coming along pretty well with ground work. Today my sister came over and helped me introduce the sulky shafts to her. I expected the confinement of the shafts beside her would be a problem, but she did fine. She is wary of new things, but once she is introduced to them, she handles them well.
She is my first shetland and my first mare. I'm having fun with her, but sometimes have doubts I will ever be in a cart behind her. We are going slowly. She is 4 years old and was barely handled before I got her.
She saw the chiropractor last week and had a few issues.
A problem for me as trainer is being too soft. My strongest point is being able to take an unhandled horse and socialize him into a pleasant companion animal. However, I am seriously considering sending Tipsey to a professional trainer, as I am not sure I am capable of getting her rock-solid in the cart. But I'll give us a little longer together to see how we progress before deciding.
Another thing we did today was change bits. She was getting her tongue over the french link, so I tried the myler comfort bit. I think it is going to work much better for her.
Here is Tipsey ground driving.
Tipsey looks great. I have been thinking about a Shetland if/when I get another horse since I definitely want a horse that can pull two of us [Hubby is not a small man] in the cart. Of course, I would like to make sure I am doing really good with the horse I have before getting another one:)