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Little Buddy

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    Worcester County, MA
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    horses and art
  1. Little Buddy

    Baby Pictures!!!

    So adorable!
  2. Little Buddy

    Hi from new member

    Haha... joke's on me! I think I get why drivers use the blinders. While we're awaiting the new harness, I took Little Buddy today for a ground drive with reins attached to his halter. He did two giant spooks, dived twice to sniff poops left by other horses, and lunged to get grass a couple of times. All the problems seemed to happen in twos. Blinders are looking pretty good about now. I've driven him with those on before, and we didn't have the same issues. Nothing's easy. : )
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    Hi Minimor! You must have loved your Morgans very much to have such a long commitment to them. I think my current Morgan (17 years old, together since he was 3) may be my last big horse; I plan to keep him for the rest of his life. After he's gone, whether or not we sell the farm, I'd like to keep Little Buddy forever and have fun driving and doing other things with him. Shetlands are adorable! I can't believe how smart they and the mini's are. When I pony LB, he notices when I squeeze my leg (to ask the horse to trot) and he (LB) starts trotting before the Morgan.
  4. Little Buddy

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    Thank you, Zergling!
  5. Little Buddy

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    I see there is going to be an ADS event in Massachusetts next weekend, but we are babysitting our granddaughter. I'll ask if we can take her.
  6. Little Buddy

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    To date, LB has been driven only with blinders, so he's used to them. I am very familiar with trail riding and green at driving. I would like to explain my thinking about blinders/blinkers and invite comments so I can learn more. Once I have a good bond with a big horse, I like to develop a good working relationship with him on the trail. This has saved my butt more than once. For example, one time on a hunter pace, my horse wiggled and changed direction over a fence to avoid hitting a tree I hadn't seen. Another time, out trail riding with a friend, my horse, who was used to crossing mud, warned me that a particular patch of mud was NOT safe to cross. My friend pushed her horse into it and he sank up to his belly. My horses don't always know best, but there are times I appreciate their input. Is that the case with driving horses, too? As Peggy said above, outside of the ring, is it good for them to see what's going on around them? Maybe that depends on the individual horse?
  7. Little Buddy

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    Oh, I know what you mean about grass in front of the nose. I took my big horse out this morning for a romp through the woods. The trails are quite overgrown and lots of leafy branches were right at his nose level. Sometimes I won the battle and other times not. So, thanks for the tip! I will try to keep Little Buddy's mind off food while we're working.
  8. Little Buddy

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    I was impressed by your pics and decided to order cheek pieces both with and without blinkers. I will follow your advice about trying in a controlled environment. Thanks!
  9. Little Buddy

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    I'll try entering it in the Equinesite photo contest. Hubby gave his permission.
  10. Little Buddy

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    I met a Morgan for the first time when I was small and they made a huge impression on me, too. Yes, lots of personality! My husband got the lucky shot below of our current Morgan one misty morning. Little Buddy is his BFF.
  11. Little Buddy

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    Hi Peggy, Your horses are beautiful! It looks like you have some great places to drive. I'm glad to see you and your horses having fun... all the horses look nice and forward pulling the HyperBike. I am wondering if I should try an open bridle, too. Are there any challenges working without the blinders? Is there a period of adjustment if you switch from blinders to open?
  12. Little Buddy

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    Hi Cayuse, Thank you! The big horse is a bay Morgan (old-style). New England is in the greater neighborhood :-)
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    Hi there! I just joined the forum. I have one big and one miniature horse. The big and I love trail riding. The mini has experience showing and driving. I am in the process of ordering a HyperBike and harness for us; it might take about 4 - 8 weeks to arrive. It looks like so much fun! We are in central MA, USA. Are there other driving members in our area? Anyone have experience with HyperBikes? Thank you.
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