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Squeaks last won the day on May 11 2017

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  1. Squeaks

    Your Drive Day

    Always keep looking, Marsha The last two we have found have been very lucky finds that were just a result of windowshopping. Dakota has the mind of an old soul and Pebbles loves her job. Your little driver is out there, just keep looking! It sounds like you found a lovely home for Rowdy, I imagine it'll be hard for everyone I love that little plum, Clem! What gorgeous views too! Glad you got to enjoy a Mother's Day ride! We planned on having a Cook-Out for my Mom so we went over early to enjoy the Mini's. It had rained almost all weekend and Sunday finally cleared up to enjoy them. I hooked up Hubby's new mare up and let him drive again. The two of them get along so well and she's a smart little rugrat. Coal was a little off and wasn't too happy about being driven. I kept it short because he seemed so off about it, technically I'm not supposed to be driving anyway. Wasn't sore or lame, he just wasn't feeling it. I think the asphalt reminds him of his less enjoyable days, his mood is entirely different on the trail. I dug out the harness I used on Magic Man, it's not my favorite as it allows the shafts to float (for a wagon moreso than a cart) and standing is not something Coal likes to do, but after the Nokesville incident I'm doing my best to work with him every time. No wrap-straps that actually hold the shafts. He backs into cart, cart shafts lift up, he steps forward, cart comes back down. Vicious circle, so that'll be my next investment for him. Excuse his excessively dirty/dull bum, he needs a bath, but it's darn near impossible to keep him clean lol. Geared Dakota up and worked on our ground driving. He's doing so well, but I am looking forward to gelding him, the boy burns through calories like no one's business and gelding will be so beneficial on many levels. I hooked up to the cart (solo) and he did amazingly well. He is learning to walk out without me at his jaw, but has a hard time going out alone if I'm not there. So we work on starting off at his jaw and I progressively walk back to the cart and command from there. Trying to do a very large circle is confusing for him too. He yields so nicely with his body he's just flabbergasted when I try and turn him in shafts as they create conflicting pressure points. Smart boy though!
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    Your Drive Day

    I definitely want a safer way to rig the horse to the cart, a better quick release system, something. I'm very picky about who I pony with the cart, let alone tie to it. Pebbles is very "I want to drive and you're not driving me, so I'll just pout with my crabby mare face and act like I'm super tired" She does try and walk alongside me, so I'll definitely try your suggested Marsha! She's very somber about following, but I'd rather her not get a gash from the axle of the cart. I've been lucky as I've convinced my Mom to start driving so I've been able to at least work two in cart and pony one, pending the mood lol. Rainy day/weekend here, so no driving until Sunday (sigh).
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    Your Drive Day

    Sometimes it's the most trivial things they'd never look twice at! CDE's look like so much fun... Took Coal, Sierra and Pebbles out for a spin again today. Pebbles pouted the entire drive and acted like "dead horse walking" when in tow with the cart. Definitely have to get her a harness since Coal is the steady Eddie I put my mom with. Very nice drive, gorgeous day.
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    Your Drive Day

    That was my thought. I giggled because I was like "Ok, bets are on!" I told my Mom she'll need to drive by "honking", not really to prove a point, but I DO want to know what she'd do in a situation that someone honked quite aggressively. Best thing we can do is expose them and as you said, separates the drivers from the puffs ;)! I can understand her concern since she doesn't know me from Adam, but I will admit it kind of popped my balloon. Seems like there's always one in the bunch! She was attentive, but not skittish. I can imagine Rowdy would react with a pup nearly as tall as he is! Thank you!! I totally agree, a keyboard and a screen has allowed almost everyone to be an "expert" at criticism and pointing out everyone's flaws. Oh wow, what a wonderful plethora of "desensitizing" in your own backyard! :D I love it! Absolutely and fortunately, like Clem, Sierra is more of a "dance" in place if she gets spun up. She has spooked twice in cart (out on the trail) one was a dreaded purple bush and the other was a *GASP* a horse eating round bale hiding just inside the tree line. She's still a horse, but I wholeheartedly agree we know our animals, the limits and we know what situations to avoid. ~~ Farrier came today to trim the crew. They all did well. I asked my Mom if she wanted to drive with me for a couple laps around the driveway. After all, I want to invest more time into the mini's whilst mending. Pebbles (black/white) had her very crabby mare game face on... She cracks me up. She LOVES her job, so when she cannot partake, she's very expressive about it. Unfortunately only one harness fits Pebbles and Coal was wearing it. Thankfully I convinced hubby to jump on board with another harness for her ;)
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    Your Drive Day

    Love the picture, Marsha! What a lovely trail! I am envious of that shiny coat! Was a blast considering I shared my video via FB with a Miniature Horse group and was reprimanded for basically being "dangerous" if someone honked at me. I responded I had a firm grasp on the reins if something happened... By which he responded "No amount of holding will help, sorry." (Sigh) I hate how the World Wide Web thinks they know our experience levels or our horses... Sierra isn't a bolter for one, two, things happen (she is a horse after all), but she was NOT getting away from me. She's so supple in her mouth I would be VERY surprised if she blew through my hands over a honking horn. The shafts comfort her, when she does startle, startling into the shafts quiets her down almost immediately. I kindly responded that "Horses are not new to me, nor is their flight response. Thank you for the concern though." Don't get me wrong, I can understand his blatant "fear" for my safety if you will, but you can't really judge anyone's experience level on a snippet of a clip or a picture. Last thing I want to do is put my horse in utter danger, but I do want to be able to know what she'll do in a situation that is beyond my control. Treating it like its no big deal is the best approach I have found. Their mentality is so different if you're visually relaxed over what could be an earth shattering "lesson."
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    Your Drive Day

    Hubby got to drive his new mare (That he found and asked me to go pick up for him lmbo, pending my approval) She is an awesome little girl. 12 y/o double registered who is essentially green broke to drive, but pretty savvy and loves her job. The lady I bought her from was absolutely wonderful. She gives mini's a fresh shake at life. She bought Pebbles from her friend who felt she was too much for her, but she just loves to work, easily managed, but loves her job. Hubby was mildly flustered she was so sensitive to steering, but he'll learn to appreciate it ;) Sierra was ramped up for the first 10 minutes or so, required me driving from the ground because of it. Arm is mending well and I love that I don't have to have a cast on it lol. They both did incredibly well with very rude motorists. The road where the pictures were taken are not generally frequented as there are maybe 5 houses that people actually lve in, but we had about 8 or so cars pass us in our travels in the small neighborhood. One of which was a State employee (VDOT) that blew by us 10mph+ easy. Fortunately both horses (I was unaware if Pebbles was) are traffic safe. Crossing the "main" road is becoming increasingly challenging, people are rude and exceed 50mph on a 40mph road. They don't (generally) slow for livestock and/or people. Fortunately Miss Sierra was amazing as she stood about 2 1/2' from the road as traffic blew by. Pebbles did incredibly well as about the time hubby reached the road is when I realized I didn't know if she was traffic safe! She spooked in place and waiting for his guidance. He's smitten and I'm happy he is. Of course, my soon-to-be-gelded Dakota is absolutely madly in love with her and can't stand the fact she isn't interested in him (The are securely divided, but they can still touch noses)
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    Your Drive Day

    Thank you, me too... I'm impatiently waiting for the day the doctor says I can start lifting things. The plate and screws gave me my mobility back, but I still can't physically do anything with the arm. Between a busted up ankle and a broken arm, I think I'll take the broken arm having had both now. Frankly, neither would be best, but when I get hurt these days, it keeps me down for awhile. The horse that bucked me off has never bucked a day in her life, not entirely sure what happened... but I'm mending, that's all that matters :P It's very possible the blade drive is worn out, I was clueless when I bought them and probably abused them without really knowing. I never clipped more than a bridle path until I got mini's. I have the "Kool blades" spray to help them when they start to overheat and take breaks, but still learning.
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    Your Drive Day

    Giving them a mild workout when they fuss over something is a great method to let them "think" they're winning ;) I have a hard to load gelding, but at the end of a trail he walks right on... I have to finish clipping Remi, poor guy is half clipped as I was dense and decided not to wash him prior to clipping... Thus making my clippers dull and useless. I got bucked off Easter Sunday and in a rare moment, tried to catch myself, broke my humerus shaft in two on my left arm. So, clipping is about all I can do right now. Surgery was the following Wednesday so I can't have anything yank/pull on my mechanically fixed arm until he heals completely. So much for working board off
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    Your Drive Day

    Congratulations on the Fjord team!! You must share pictures :D
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    Your Drive Day

    I arguably threw a lot at "Dakota" today for his first day of interaction... However, his incredible knack for learning allowed it. I started by introducing some yielding, desensitizing and then tossing the harness on for "giggles." I mean, after all, that'll be his main job. He flinched as I put the harness on, but stood politely as I tightened all the gear. Didn't even pay any mind to the harness as I worked on stop/go exercises in hand. That being said, we had to take the cart out anyway so I asked Hubby to talk ahead of me, then beside and then behind. Needless to say the lesson went so well this is what we ended on. In the shafts politely and quietly. This will be as far as we get for a bit, I have more fine tuning to do, but I was curious to his thought process of driving in general I did put a stick to him, he's a tick over 35" not the presumed 38" I was told. Which is perfectly fine
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    Your Drive Day

    That was incredibly scary for me and I wouldn't be surprised if I had just let go over her trying to get away from her. I can't believe it happened, I mean the odds of it... One benefit to being a fluffy equestrian is it didn't occur to me the durability of a belt-loop, or in this case, a lack thereof. It broke about the time I hit the ground. Had it been my 90lb Sister-in-law she probably would have gone for a very scary ride. Coal was very happy to be out! I'm so ready for some more Spring like weather, but not welcoming the humidity to come lol. Hubby affectionately calls the cart an "Ez-Exit". It was purchased for my 14.1hh Cob, so there won't be any mini's pulling it, but I can still see where the center of gravity could pose a problem. I don't plan to take Willow (the cob) on any trail drives anytime soon lol, I think I'll be sticking to the ring with her ;)!
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    Your Drive Day

    Loved catching up on everyone's drive days! I've been MIA due to work and the weather. I have not been able to get much driving done and it's driving me bonkers... Or driving me to moodiness as hubby would say. I've driven once in the last month, not cool! I feel awful that I'm "hauling" on his mouth in this picture, but Coal is having a hard time understanding his turn and not everyone I drive with wants to go full throttle or that he should always lead. He did well, but was very ramped up to do more than walk. In his defense, it had been quite sometime since our last drive and he generally gets to run off steam on our first drive out. Gave him a bib clip since it was a roasting 70*+ in February! He promptly rolled in the gravel parking lot after untacking. In other news I've lost and gained a cart... My recent project (Willow - Gypsy Cob) completely totaled the shafts on a new-to-me cart. We had a freak accident that consisted of her mowing me down with my own cart. I say it lightly as the incident could have been so incredibly worse, but was quite minimal in damages. I'll take a pretzel cart over broken legs and vet bills. Willow was hooked to my pony shaft, mini cart, just for sensation purposes. I felt brave and felt she was mellow enough to put the traces on... So I hooked one trace and started to head for the other. Realizing it wasn't my brightest idea I went back to take the trace off. She turned into the fence, poking herself in the neck with the shaft and startled. Turning into me she poked herself with the other shaft and made two circles around me with the cart, nearly flipping it. I was literally moments from getting her back under control when the shaft went through my belt-loop, my turn to panic, she got away from me about the time the cart flipped... Off she went, bucking like a bronc. Made a b-line for the fence before turning last minute and wiping out (cringe). Made about three laps around the ring with the cart upside down (creating tremendous amounts of drag) before she fizzled out at the corner of the ring, huffing away. Fortunately no blinkers, just a halter. I have a hard time believing she would have stopped with the blinkers on, I'd rather my horse know what's going on back there before introducing the blinkers. Made it over to her, gave her a scratch and sat on the cart (now beside her) giving it my all to show it was not a big deal. Several minutes after I sat on the cart only then did I start to unhook her from it. Dragging the cart close enough to release the harness from her. Giving her a good pat and again, treating it like it never happened, yet sensitive to her sensory. I attempted to ground her by doing some lunging, but she was quite anxious, not excessively so... but she was not too interested in giving me her full attention. So I flipped the cart over and rolled it back to the barn in one hand and her in the other. She did remarkably well with me pulling the cart alongside and was never uncontrollable. Sometimes I have to remember how easily it is to mistaken naivety for confidence. Without making the story longer I went back that evening to see how badly I damaged our trust (I cried over this accident and wanted to give up on the horses entirely, I felt like a complete failure for putting my horse in that position) She never missed a beat. Everything I asked her to do, she did it (granted no cart or harness involved). So we are building her back up with the false shafts. She's a little jumpier about things following her, but I am thrilled the accident didn't ruin her. So, my pretzel cart... Which will eventually get new shafts. Amazingly the only real damage to said cart. Was an auction buy no less. This cart had excessively long shafts, which made it feasible to use on Willow for nothing more than desensitizing purposes, however, they created a great deal of leverage because of their length. Hoping she comes around as I just scored a new-to-me EE Pony cart for $60...
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    Your Drive Day

    She did, this clip was the last of her little "Holy cow something is touching me on my butt!" reaction. Which was about two laps worth (first lap wasn't filmed). I'm very impressed with her attitude toward the gear. I knew I'd get a reaction, so it was best to just let her figure it out on her own and that she did quite quickly! We continued to work for another 15 minutes with the gear on her and she couldn't have cared less
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    2017 projects

    Oh my... I love this! How cute
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    Your Drive Day

    No time for driving the mini's the last week However, I will be at my folks place for a couple of days this week so I can enjoy it... Still waiting for mother nature to slap us in the face with some snow as she flirts 60* weather every now and again. In the meantime, I thought you all may enjoy a chuckle at Willow... Whom I just introduced the harness and breeching to. She was quite a trooper and didn't fail at giving a "show" when she realized she had something on her bum that wouldn't go away ;)! The plan is to break her to drive well before she is ridden. She has been ground driven via hackamore (wolf tooth is in the way of bitting her).
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