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jventresca last won the day on June 30 2017

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  1. jventresca

    Your Drive Day

    Marsha - I'm wondering if you use a bucking strap with Buckly and if you drive him with or without blinders. I'm sure you didn't ruin him because you kept a hold of him. The horses that won't drive again after an accident are the ones that get away and manage to get rid of the carriage. I'm guessing you don't have an inclosed space to drive? You may want to ask around to see if anyone closer than the trainer has a ring you could drive in once in a while. Hope you're feeling ok!
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    http://www.frogmusic.com/drivingpairs/articles/pair-driving-101.html This is a link to a good site about pair driving. There's several photos of tandems as well, horses, ponies and minis. Cayuse - My impression of tandems with a single tree between them is "danger!" also. I'm sure an expert can make it work though. I think that hitch is more useful if you plan to use the leader for actual pulling. The tandem keys set up is fine if you're just driving tandem for the "hay" of it, like a sporting tandem. A sporting tandem was used pre horse trailers when a person wanted to transport their hunter without wearing them out. The riding horse would be the leader of the tandem, not pulling, just going along. They would wear their riding bridle and saddle. The traces could be run through the stirrups. There's a very nice article in the Driving Digest showing photos of a sporting tandem driven by a lady. The leader is wearing a side saddle! Major - I didn't see the suicide hitch you mean. Northwolf's hitch is the first time I heard of bringing the traces from the leader back to the carriage. I would think it could be a matter of how long can traces be made in leather and still be manageable. Now we have all sorts of new materials to make durable straps that are light and easy to care for. Northwolf - What are your leader traces made out of? Thanks! Jaye
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    I envy you being able to move to Windsor. Sounds like heaven on earth!
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    Your Drive Day

    Another attachment method for the lead horse are tandem keys and cockeyes. The tandem keys are short metal pieces that fit over the tongue of the breastcollar buckle. Cockeyes are on the lead horse's traces and have snaps that hooks into the tandem keys. I use a carabiner type snap that I put through the slot end of the traces. I think using a singletree with minis would be hard. Too much slack and the wheeler would be getting smacked in the knees by it. I tried to drive two horses that were used to driving in a pair. The lead horse liked to hesitate hoping the wheeler would come up next to him. It didn't seem to matter which of the pair was leading or following, they really wanted to be next to each other.
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    How do you arrange your reins for a three abreast? Pair reins on the outside two with a coupling rein from the inside guy? What do the swingle tree set ups look like? Love your circus cart and chariot! You are living my dream!
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    MajorClem, Thanks for the description of Yankee breeching. Lisa Singer used that set up for marathons on her Morgan pair.
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    MajorClem, you mention Yankee breeching. Do you mean breeching straps that go under the horse's belly and attach to a false martingale? You can't see it too well but I have straps that go from the breeching rings to snap on the false martingale. I've also used straps from the breeching rings that buckle into the collar with the traces like in the second photo. I'm not sure you could use either set up with a single and two wheeled cart. They count on the carriage rolling up and hitting the collar and the collar engaging the straps to the breeching. You need a little bit of "slop" so the horses can move freely without constantly getting smacked by the breeching. Why I love my brakes for the pair.
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    It takes a real knack to use brakes on a two wheeled cart. The action of applying the brakes forces the shafts downward because you stop the forward rotation of the wheels. On a four wheeled vehicle this isn't a consideration because the shafts or pole act independently from the body of the carriage. I have a Tadpole. It came with a pole and shafts. I thought it would be too heavy for a single mini to pull, with me on it too. When I wanted to drive Flash as a single I decided I'd put the shafts on that Tadpole just because I knew he wouldn't be able to run away with me. He loved it and drove very nicely. I didn't need the brakes after all! I've used it with other horses since and they all seem to think it's wonderful.
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    FYI The blue cart IS the one on the Sunrise website. That website is for Pequea Carriage Shop, though they have another one now. With the Amish you never can tell if they can use certain things or not. One had a car battery running his calculator. I had a carriage painted by an Amish man who used wind power to drive the sprayer. Years ago my harness maker at the time used a pay phone out by the road for his phone messages. Now they all seem to have cell phones! I have only used the blue cart for shows. It's very light for its type (105 lbs.) and rides like a dream! It puts me just a little higher so I can get some nice collection on the boys. I had it made to fit Razz but it's good with larger minis too. Melvin makes a Cruiser, like the blue cart but with a bent shaft so you can get in easier. I really have to hike myself up to get in and put both legs out to slide out. Getting old is no fun at all!
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    This is Pequea's Meadowbrook. Melvin would put cloth or brown nuaga hide on the seats if you'd like that. I know Melvin ships.
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    Your Drive Day

    I'm spoiled rotten! I live about 2 hours drive from Driver Heaven, the Lancaster County Amish community. Pequea Carriage Shop, Yonie's Harness Shop, and Driving Essentials are all there. Center Square Harness Shop, where I get most of my harness is a few more minutes down the road. Bird in Hand Carriage is a few roads south. The big Martin Carriage Auction is another 1/2 hour down the PA Turnpike. There are some miniature horses for sale in this area but no big breeders like you have in Texas or the Carolinas. Most of the minis the Amish have aren't registered. On the flip side I can't drive out my driveway without chancing becoming road kill. Seriously, I might as well live in a city. The closest trails are a 1/2 hour trailer ride away. I drive as much as I can on our little farmette. So there's always a tradeoff. Enjoy what you have!
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    This is my newest vehicle. Sorry, the pinstriping isn't red. Melvin at Pequea Carriage Shop built this carriage for me. It's the sweetest ride! Razz, who was 21 years old in this photo loved it because it was light and easy to pull even with me in it. The cart is a more brilliant blue than this photo shows. May I say the main reason I have so many carriages is that I've been collecting them for a long time, over 20 years. After all, they don't eat or poop!
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    My first miniature horse vehicle was a Meadowbrook, similar to the one I had for my ponies. Chappie is the mini in harness. I still have him, my very first mini. He's 25 this year. Next I got a Houghton Pleasure cart for breed shows. I still have Brett, the Brat too. He's 20 this year. He was 3 years old in this photo. I got a Road Cart next. This horse is Kidlet, one of three long yearlings I bought to try to get a good pair. He was a prima donna, only wanted to work alone. He went to a new home and is living a life of luxury. A Bell Crown Mini for Combined Driving. Steel is 18 now. He's still my go to guy for getting the "job" done. One local dressage judge calls him Mr. Consistent. This was my first pair vehicle, a Glinkowski. Kidlet and his brother, Socks. Socks became my mainstay in pairs until he passed away at 14 from a congenital defect in his cecum. I traded the first one in for this Glinkowski Mini Mix, love this vehicle. It weighed about 240 lbs. Socks and Dale competing for the first and only time. Dale was too nervous for CDEs. He was a very willing boy but much happier with pleasure driving. Then I got this Tadpole, much lighter than the Glinkowski, about 185 lbs., fewer bells and whistles. Steel with his new partner, Flash competing at Gladstone in May 2017. I also have a hyperbike. I haven't used it as much as I thought I would.
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    Your Drive Day

    KLJcowgirl - If I may suggest - The next time those girls start to follow you, turn around and face them. Miss May could have been concerned about the sound of something chasing her. If she can see it's just horses she probably won't be afraid. Congratulations on handling all those experiences and having a successful drive!
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    Your Drive Day

    MajorClemintine - If your mare's crest is starting to fall over she may need magnesium in her diet. Just a little bit extra can prevent her crest from"breaking". Any feed mill that mixes their own grain will have some on hand as an additive. My local mill let me purchase a 10 lb bag. I added about 2 tablespoons to my problem horse's feeds for a few months and his crest is fine. It's been about 15 years. I have a wiggler too. I keep setting him up so his feet are square and telling him stand. He's just a little better after a month. Took him to his first show. He drove very well, doing a wonderful slow trot and showing a little lengthen for the strong trot. He did not stand in line though. I made sure we were at the end of the line up with plenty of room between him and the next horse. When he got too twitchy we made a circle. In a field of 5 we still placed 4th in Turnout and 3rd in Reinsmanship. I was pretty happy with that.
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