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I notice ground driving Buckly that when I ask for a whoa he always turns slightly to the left.  So I am trying to be ready with the right rein.  Also, asking for quick whoa-walk up transitions is helping him to stop more straight.  He still wants to move left when asked to Stand.  Right now I am more concerned with getting a good Stand that whether he is straight.  We will work on straightness later.  I trotted behind him today--he was a little spooked at first with me coming up quickly behind him, but soon figured it out.  I need to work him more; just too lazy.

Dapper Dan wore his boots today for the first time on a full drive.  We went our 2 mile route.  It was a pleasure to see him trotting comfortably on the rough gravel.  One time on the paved road he seemed to slip, but I think he is still learning to lift his feet in the boots.  I stopped to check them 3 times.  Once I tightened two of the boots.  No debris in them when we got home and no sign of any rubbing.  I'm pleased!

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thanks Marsha for being the  'easy boot tester'.  it is on my list of 'gotta haves'.    However i dont need to have them here, it is mostly sand and very rarely seldom even see a stone let alone a rock,  nothing like rock heaven (Ky.)  i think i lived there??? really don't remember

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I have a lot of rocks here, too.  I envy the good footing that you have now Jeannie.  I was just mulling over what to do about my welsh pony, he has thin soles but can't be shod without sedation. The gravel bothers him sometimes.  I spent the afternoon reading up on Venice Turpentine and Durasole.  I think I might try one of those.

I drove both Peanut and Cappy today.  It was an odd day.  They both were very "looky".  Lots of animal activity in the underbrush and trees, it was like driving in a jungle.  Squirrels thrashing and birds screeching and branches snapping.  Plus it was cool, no heat to take the edge off.  Plus, I did not ground drive Cappy first and he needs that or to have a run in the paddock first to blow the stink off. That is something I always need to remember to do.  But we got finally got settled and hopefully worked off the excess energy.  

Come to think of it, even the welsh pony was all goofy this afternoon.  Maybe the deer were in the area. Or Bigfoot.

I am looking at a used cart next week that a friend has for sale.  If the measurements are right, we will bring it home with us.  

 

 

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Greetings from Peanut.

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My sister came out with Jackie O and we had a very nice drive.  Had to stop once for a neighbor to spray some OFF on my sister.  We went through a rather rough place then had to go down through a ditch to get back up on the road.  Had not been that way since the rain so I didn't think about standing water.  Had to get out of our vehicles so our horses could get through the tall grass and mud.  I wondered what the Easy Boots would do, if they would get sucked off or filled with debris--they did neither.  DD did not stumble once this time and I was happy to see the toes on the back feet are rounding out and not worn square any more!  I had to wash the boots but there was hardly any debris in them so I don't think I need to worry so much about debris rubbing him.  Nice breeze so once we got out of the tall grass no mosquitos.  Very nice drive!

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Thanks for the Easy boot update,  I am glad they are working out for DD and that you had a nice drive.  It is nice to hear your  first hand experience with them over differing terrain.  I would like to get a pair for Peanut at some point, probably in the Fall as that is when my field get hard. The Cavallo boots I have for Cappy are too small for him.  

I hitched and drove Cappy by myself yesterday.  My mom watched and was on "stand by" if I needed a hand.  He was a good boy and stood very quietly.  Then I ground drove Peanut.  I am still not comfortable putting Peanut to the cart without my hubby near by to speed things up if I can't hitch him fast enough. Peanut has his own timetable and runs on his own schedule☺.  I have hitched him alone while hubby putters around the barn and that's OK.  I'm not ready for 100% solo yet.  I need to know someone is nearby.

MajorClem, did your carts get to you yet?  Hope you can drive this weekend.

I hope EVERYONE  has a chance to drive over the long Holiday weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hubby spread the manure pile yesterday.  The tractor tire left a big flattened hunk of old black poo  hidden partially in the grass.  Peanut and I came trotting down the hill this morning at a pretty good clip and all of a sudden, BAM! he slammed to a halt.  I think he thought it was a hole in the ground 😄.  He did the same thing once with a snake in his path, he screeched to a halt and then jumped sky high over the snake, gathered his wits and proceeded on with our drive like nothing happened.  Scared me though!  

 

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24 minutes ago, Cayuse said:

Hubby spread the manure pile yesterday.  The tractor tire left a big flattened hunk of old black poo  hidden partially in the grass.  Peanut and I came trotting down the hill this morning at a pretty good clip and all of a sudden, BAM! he slammed to a halt.  I think he thought it was a hole in the ground 😄.  He did the same thing once with a snake in his path, he screeched to a halt and then jumped sky high over the snake, gathered his wits and proceeded on with our drive like nothing happened.  Scared me though!  

 

Good thing you didn't fall out of the cart.  Mine has done that with black tar lines in a street.

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