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Chamomile last won the day on February 19

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About Chamomile

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    I gotta get a life...
  • Birthday 11/29/1976

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  1. Chamomile

    Driving Hours 2018

    I drove Sky for an hour today in the sled! So much fun... Here's a video!
  2. Chamomile

    Driving Hours 2018

    Zorro has another 2 hours of long lining and Sky has 35 minutes of long lining as well! I'm hoping to get out in the sled a bit today!! We have enough snow and the sun is shining
  3. Chamomile

    Your Drive Day

    Zorro, my three year old colt, beginning his ground driving training. I start them with one line and then we move to two lines when they are understanding voice commands and become consistent. He is very smart and will walk along, lower his head, step his foot over the line so it's between his front legs, then walk along. He will then lower his head again and step his foot BACK over the line so it's running along side his body as it should. He does this over and over on our walks.
  4. Chamomile

    Driving Hours 2018

    I would love to join this challenge even if I'm a bit behind! I haven't been able to drive anyway because we are either skating around on ice or buried in snow drifts and enduring high winds and below zero weather. I will be driving my mare Sky and ground driving her 3 year old son, Zorro this year. Can I count our walks where I ground drive Zorro with one line for now? He hasn't moved up to two lines yet. If so then I can count 3 hours of ground driving with Zorro. Also do we update our hours here? This will be so much fun!!
  5. The first horse that popped into my head when I read the title of this was Kody, hobbyhorse23's little guy. He has been so inspiring to me from the beginning of his training until now, flying through his surgery with ease!! I just love that little guy and I haven't even met him in person : But I hope to! Another one was Oliver, MiniHGal's little guy. I was so heart sick when he passed :no: He was such an inspiration as well. He was a little guy, but packed with heart and the will to do whatever his lady wanted! I always loved to see pictures of him : Those would be my first two picks... Then it was Little Bit. He came to my attention when we were blessed with our little Dwarf, Bing Cherry. I read all about him and because of him, Bing got to have his special shoes that made it possible for him to walk comfortably while he was here with us. : Then there is Mingus! He is such a handsome man! WOW is about all I can put into words. Also I really enjoy reading Susanne's posts about him : Marty's Timmy of course and then ClickMinis Alladdin and Flirt! Whew! What a mouthful! This board is packed with some really awesome horses, show horses or not and I love getting on here to see what everyone is up to : This is a great post!! Edited to add: Thank you to Leia for mentioning Chamomile! She is a hall of fame horse in my book!! I have NEVER seen a mini horse move like this mare does and I'm so proud to be her owner!! Also, To Maxine... When I read your post about Shammy, I would definately have to agree that she belongs in the Hall of Fame. What a special mare you have there! Thanks for sharing that wonderful story!
  6. Chamomile

    Miniature Horse Clubs

    Well I guess Montana better show up here! We're awfully close to Canada here :bgrin Wild West Miniature Horse Club That club covers all of Montana and we welcome members from everywhere!! Please take a look :
  7. Chamomile

    Sad day at Star Ranch

    OMG! I don't even know what to say Joy, your family will be in my prayers.
  8. Hey! This looks familiar!! I'm glad this post helped so many people. Please, anyone! If you need help with the driving thing, please email or pm me and I'll be happy to answer questions!
  9. Yea for the comment about having a horse properly conditioned!!! That is soooo important and I'm very glad someone brought it up!!! I have always used a snaffle of some kind, except when I was in 4-H. The old ways in 4-H were if the horse was over three it should be ridden in a shank bit, regardless whether it was actually ready for it or not. That didn't sit well with my mare that I had at the time. I had to use a tom thumb and be VERY gentle with her. Anyways! I will only drive my horses with a snaffle. I have a myler comfort snaffle with a small port, because I wanted to be working off the bars of the mouth as well as the tongue. If you go to the Myler websiteMyler Bits they have a section about which bit for which horse. They discuss why and when you use a bit with a shank or a snaffle... It is the same for other bits as well. It's all the same principle, IMO anyway... I got my myler bits off the sale board!! I was sooooo happy!! I LOVE that saleboard, Thank you Mary Lou!! As for stainless steel verses maleable nickel plated... I'm not sure what the difference is myself. I did a search for it on the web and didn't come up with much useful! Learned a bit about old fashion bits made with the sweet mouth, copper inlay though I hope someone else has some insight into that question as well!!
  10. triggynblue, where did you find your bits?? I was thinking that I might like to try a liverpool myself and those are great prices!!
  11. The mullen bit works off the "bars" of the horses mouth, not the chin or the tongue. The broken snaffles work off the tongue and the bars. I agree with Margo on what she said about starter bits as well! I went to the Myler myself, for that reason. BUT I got my Mylers for $60 a piece!! What a great deal!! I was so exicted I couldn't believe it. We don't drive any of our horses in the starter bits either... They just didn't like them. I find that a bit with the fatter mouth pieces are less likely to pinch. The mullen mouth won't pinch at all, unless the mouth piece is too small for the horse. Maybe your guy takes a 4" bit?? You would know if your horse had a low roof of the mouth. It's pretty noticeable when you slide your fingers in. There isn't much room or any room between the tongue and the roof of the mouth... I love reading what others say too! It's great to have so many minds working on these questions!! I LOVE it!!
  12. Leia- Okay first the cart issue. Lots of times carts seem heavy when harnessing. The most important thing is that the cart is properly balanced when a person is sitting in it. A good way to tell if the cart is balanced is to hold it up to the horse at the height that it attaches to the tugs. Then take it over to a fence and slide the shafts through the fence. (Have someone standing by, just in case the cart pops off the fence and tips over backward!!) Sit in the cart and watch what the shafts do. Do they push downward on the fence? Do they pop way up off the fence?? They should hover just over the fence about an inch or so, that would be a properly balanced cart. If the cart pushes downward on the fence, then move your seat back, if the shafts pop way up off the fence, then move your seat forward... (In Stacey's post, the last photo with someone in the cart, you can see what happens when the cart isn't balanced and it is putting pressure on the horses tummy) I hope that helps!! As for the bit, check your horses mouth... does he seem to have a low roof of the mouth at all? Even if he doesn't he may be much happier in a mullen mouth bit. I bought one for my mom's little mare at the local feed store for $6... It's a 3 1/2" bit with the open ring sides... the mare loves it! It was a cheap sollution to the same problem you are facing... Also how long have you been driving your boy?? Is he pretty green? It maybe as easy as letting him wear his bit for awhile in his pen. I tie a bit to a halter and have them wear it in their stall or corral, not in the field, and I'm there the whole time, cleaning pens or doing yard work... Also another thing that I see often is people making sure the horse has a "wrinkle" or two, at the side of their mouth. Hold your fingers in your mouth for a few seconds, making sure to have a "wrinkle" or two and see how you like it! It is very uncomfortable! I just let my horses hold the bit themselves. It's not hanging way low in their mouth, but there are no wrinkles either! I find my horses give up chewing and chomping the bit pretty quick that way. Thanks for your great questions!!! Please feel free to ask more as you think of them!!
  13. The noseband isn't supposed to be obscenly tight. It should be tight, but loose enough that you can slide your finger between the noseband and the horse. But, yes it does need to be tighter than a halter. It is mostly to help with keeping the tongue under the bit, not so much to keep the horses mouth shut. The check rein is debateable as well. I don't even drive with one at all... at this time.... But I would also drive with it loose as it is in the photo. I don't see that as a potential problem. If you use one, but are just starting a horse, you should start it with a loose check. Then slowly tighten it up as you go...
  14. Stacy thank you so much for posting those shots!!! Actually it isn't as bad as you think... One thing though... you can see what Sue_C is talking about, the cart putting pressure on the horses belly, in that last shot. The seat is a little too far back on the cart, therefor when the driver sits in it it pops those shaft up. That will eventually make the horses belly sore. Great learning photo!!! We didn't have one that showed that well at all!! There is a difference in this shot, than a shot of a properly balanced cart with a slight uphill look from the shaft to the horse. A properly balanced cart that has the uphill look to it is featherlight in the ends of the shafts with someone sitting in the cart. There would be no upward or downward pressure of the shafts on the horse... (I hope this is making sense!!! It's late and I should be in bed! ) Of course the breeching isn't wrapped around the shafts properly. It should be "snugger" and wrapped around the shafts instead of hanging down like in the photo. The blinders should be lowered so his eye is in the center of them... and the noseband would need to be tightened up... The reason for the tight noseband is so that it is harder for the horse to get it's tongue over the bit. It can still happen, but with a nice tight noseband, or caveson, it's less likely to happen! Your breast collar looks great! And for such a little guy, the harness isn't sagging everywhere! Thanks again Stacey, you're great to post these for us!!
  15. Here is a photo of the breeching, the way I wrap it anyway! It is important to make sure your saddle is tight enough that the belly wrap isn't the thing keeping the saddle in place. I usually tighten my wrap straps enough so that when we are trotting the tugs aren't bouncing, of course! My horses hate that, I guess that would be thier pet peeve!! Yes, it is very important that the horses are pulling with the breast collar and not the tugs... it's also important that the cart isn't pulling on the belly band with the weight of the person in the cart. It's all about balance and you may find that the cart is balanced differently with every horse you drive! Remember what works for one horse, or one person, doesn't always work for the next guy! This post is strictly my opinions and the opinions of the others that have posted. I just feel that it is time for the horses to be more comfortable!! Thanks again guys