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  1. hobbyhorse23

    More Harness Questions

    Happy birthday, heart-pony. He's the same age as Kody. It's been a very dark year for many of us and I am sincerely hoping this one is much better. Hugs to you! Leia
  2. hobbyhorse23

    More Harness Questions

    You guys are so sweet and believe me, I miss you too. Unfortunately things change and through circumstances outside of my control I no longer drive or have much time to participate here. Please feel free to look me up on Facebook though as I continue to be active there, sharing the new and...
  3. hobbyhorse23

    More Harness Questions

    Hey guys. Long time no see. Quick answers...Graber good, Carriage House harness good, brass looks awesome but is a nightmare to maintain (been there, done that ), your harness doesn't need to match your wire spoke wheels just as it's okay to have a silver bit on a brass harness, russet harness...
  4. hobbyhorse23

    Traces...tight or loose?

    Everything in bold is correct as I understand it. I think where you're getting such strong disagreement is the idea that because the horse is working UP into the bridle, he cannot also be working FORWARD into the breastcollar. Granted, it is harder with a breastcollar. If harnessed with a neck...
  5. hobbyhorse23

    I want to Drive Tandem...(Maybe Im crazy!)

    And finally, bittersweet, here is my own tandem their first time out in June 2012. I waited three years for this moment while Turbo (my wheeler) grew up from a yearling and got to drive them this way precisely three times before he died just short of five years old this spring. Both times I...
  6. hobbyhorse23

    I want to Drive Tandem...(Maybe Im crazy!)

    Decided to poke my nose in here for the first time in a long time and the first thing I see is my name! LOL. I had many of the same questions you do so I guess I can offer my limited experience. First of all, those tandems you see being held together by baling twine ARE being safe. That is the...
  7. hobbyhorse23

    Scurry... Gonna try it.... Advice please???

    It so bums me that I'm this close to the Sargent EC scurries and yet just a bit too far to justify the gas for a one-day event. Scurry would be a blast and a half and I think my Kody would love it! If you get a chance go try it and then consider doing CDE (combined driving events) as those are...
  8. hobbyhorse23

    Skunk River HDT report or how to mess up a championship

    Aw, TMR! You poor thing. I can't count the number of times I've seen even the most high-level drivers get excited as they go through the last cone and gun it...only to knock down the final ball and cost themselves a championship. Keep driving, ALWAYS. It isn't over until you're across the finish...
  9. hobbyhorse23

    opinions from those who drive pairs/teams

    If the pole is not suspended, you need a neck yoke. Otherwise the pull on their collars will cause them to constantly lean away from the pole and should they move closer together, the pole will drop and cause them further problems. (This is why with a pair put to a two-wheeled vehicle you MUST...
  10. hobbyhorse23

    Another bit observation...

    This is good but even better is to turn from the waist. One of my trainers told me to "pretend your belly button is a flashlight and shine the light where you want to go," and this was a very good image for me. If you only use your head and neck you may find yourself sucking your elbows in...
  11. hobbyhorse23

    Another bit observation...

    We had another good drive (3rd so far). I was using a feel of one hand (finger squeezing) at a time, mostly. 1. The reins sit on her rump unless I have my hands up at my chin. If the reins are on her rump, they don't bounce. If I raise my arms, it is uncomfortable and I feel the reins start to...
  12. hobbyhorse23

    Another bit observation...

    Exactly, Littlegoesalongway. Exactly. Bravo. The snaffle is NOT a commonly accepted driving bit for exactly the reasons you list. Only minis seem to use them regularly! Traditionally, almost all driving was done with bar bits so as not to squeeze the horse's lower jaw. It simply works better...
  13. hobbyhorse23

    How do you harness a miniature horse?

    I almost forgot about that! I went digging and found the original thread I shared that diagram in.
  14. hobbyhorse23

    Driving peeps - what's your hauling set up like?

    I use a 90's model Morganbuilt 2-horse slant load trailer with tack room hauled first by my mom's big ford trucks and now by my 2005 Chevy Express van. The van is a 1-ton extended model we tricked out with lots of horsie accessories (porch lights, undercarriage lights for loading/unloading in...
  15. hobbyhorse23

    Picking out a Cart

    Ozark sells a starter kit of a CTM cart, nice harness, whip, harness pads and a book or two I believe which is a really good deal on some quality equipment. You might look into it! That "Frontier" cart shown here looks like cheap Chinese junk and isn't something I'd want to buy although I love...
  16. hobbyhorse23

    Changing shafts on an easy entry

    If you have a four-wheeler, use it. My rig has so far been pretty safe and comfortable but that's because I put a wider axle on it, was really careful with my balance and made sure harness and vehicle were both specially rigged to work together for the horses' well-being. I know a lot of people...
  17. hobbyhorse23

    Changing shafts on an easy entry

    I switch out my shafts for my pair pole pretty often and it's very easy- just undo the top bolt of the support braces, one bolt each in the u-shaped brackets along the front of the cart and then pull them out and replace. The problem is you need two people as someone has to hold the body of the...
  18. hobbyhorse23

    Have you all heard?

    If I ever drove a big horse of my own I'd always planned to buy a Pacific, so I'm very sad to see them go. Leia
  19. hobbyhorse23

    Amazon.com shoppers, I have a question...

    Hmm, I know my dad has the card. I resist opening new credit accounts and last time I looked the Amazon card was run by Chase (who I refuse to deal with anyway!) so I haven't gotten one myself. I think the rewards would be for the total amount charged to the card but I'm not sure. Leia
  20. hobbyhorse23

    Building my own cart

    5lbs is the number I most often hear quoted. Ideally they'd float at perfect zero balance when the driver is in the cart but that's hard to do. The horse-sized cart you show probably has an elliptical spring (leaf spring?) running from side to side under the seat. I know my mini cart does. Leia
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