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jventresca last won the day on June 30 2017

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  1. jventresca

    Training and Tack

    In my opinion you should stay away from a nylon harness. Nylon is very tough and can cut your horse and you if you should have a disagreement. Since you like the super flex collar why not look into getting a harness from Chimacum? A good harness holds its value. A cheap harness is always asking for an accident. If you don't want to buy an open bridle and then buy a full harness with a driving bridle, you could tie a bit onto the halter. Just make sure the halter fits a bit snugly so the bit won't be sloppy in her mouth. You can use two lunge lines for ground driving reins. If they're nylon wear gloves! You may want to see if there's a local driving club. I know there's a lot of VSE drivers in Washington state. Check the American Driving Society website for club listings. I just got a super flex collar and my horse likes it a lot. I like that you can move the rein terrets to several positions.
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    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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    Training Specific Actions

    I usually start training for the lengthened trot on long lines. I say lengthened not extended because first you want the horse to get the idea of going faster with longer strides. They can do this best without pulling a carriage. Choose a verbal cue and remember to use it only for the intended purpose. I use trot up. By long lining you'll be able to see how much your horse is lengthening as opposed to speeding up. If you just get speed take a gentle feel of your horse's mouth, a light half halt while encouraging her forward at the same time. ALWAYS release the bit pressure immediately! Ask again until you're getting the response you want. When you're ready to work on lengthening the trot while driving, choose a part of the ring and ask for the lengthening in the same spot until you can see your horse drop and stride out. Drop? you say? You will be able to see your horse's back lower as they reach out in a longer stride. I use a breath to stiffen my back to ask for a slow down or halt. It helps the horse halt squarely and at the exact point you want. Any green horse needs time and work to build up muscle for lengthening and collecting. Keep that in mind while working your horse. I drive in American Driving Society competitions that call for three trots - working (medium pace), slow or collected, and strong or extended.
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    Your Drive Day

    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'm going on an adventure

    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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    Post your Vehicles!

    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.