If you cannot get the wheels cleaned up, I took my Jerald wheels to be powder coated. I chose satin black, but there are many colors. They still look great and it's been about 8-10 years since I did them. Just an idea...Silly Cappy! That's what I thought Clem was going to do last week. It's strange how one day they get a bee in their bonnet!
Okay I have to share.... Look what I just scored at auction. A Jerald viceroy! Wheels need new bearings as it sat in water (thus how it looks) and it needs a new dash and fender covers. But I'm in love!!!View attachment 40588
I love that idea. Thank you for the suggestion. I didn't even think of that and they would look so nice.If you cannot get the wheels cleaned up, I took my Jerald wheels to be powder coated. I chose satin black, but there are many colors. They still look great and it's been about 8-10 years since I did them. Just an idea...
Hubby is convinced I need to sell one or two of the drivers next spring. Maybe we'll figure out how to get one to you!Your gonna be busy! Which one did you really want, the grulla? Good thing they are both geldings... or you might have even more in your herd this Spring.
Can't wait to see them both!
Next year I should have your dad be my agent and pick one up for me. Probably would cost the earth to ship, but there are no options around here. Nothing.
Sorry to hear about your dad's horse.
Hi Marsha - your harness looks good - I would only check the tightness of the martingale. It should be tight "enough" to assist in keeping the breast plate in its proper position when in draft.I want to post a picture of Midnight in the cart. Please let me know what you think of harness adjustments. I need to punch a hole in the strap from girth to breast collar to shorten it. The breast collar can go up one more hole but that's it. Do you think it looks okay?
She was a little unruly today, for some reason. She did settle down a little at the end. We maneuvered in the mown area, went out on the road a little ways, then finished by going around the boulders.
I'm working a little on whip cues. She is really uncomfortable with a whip so I have to be very careful. I'm not using it all while driving yet. While doing ground work, I am tapping to get her to move. Rubbing it around on her. Just trying to get her to relax with its touch. She doesn't even like it if I hold it while we are longeing, so I end up laying it on the ground and just rely on body position to move her. We are only longeing at a walk mostly, and sometimes a little trot.
The new browband and throat latch made by JSRI. I think they do very nice work. What do you think of the fit of the bit and bridle?View attachment 40600 View attachment 40601
When I ordered the bit from Iowa Carriage, I thought I was attaching it the correct way. The bit has some grooves on one side and I was told those go at the back. I will try turning it around and see what happens. I do have a caveson; just don't bother to use it. I've read different opinions on its use. I just hate loading her up with more leather.Hi Marsha - your harness looks good - I would only check the tightness of the martingale. It should be tight "enough" to assist in keeping the breast plate in its proper position when in draft.
The bridle is a tough one - very common issues with fitting a mini. The winker stay is too long. The blinds can rarely go up high enough on the eyes to have them centred on them, but due to the placement of the buckle above the blind, that can rarely happen, as it drives the brow band up under the horse's ears. I have no suggestions in terms of getting the one you have to fit right though. I make my bridles different than any bridle available, due to exactly this issue. You could look at getting a nose band made for the bridle, and you also have your bit up-side-down - you have the side cheek of the bridle hooked into the line ring, so flip it around. That won't change the fit of the bridle any, but it will put the curve of the mouthpiece at the right slope in the mouth.
It really is getting out of control around here. One or two of them are going to need to find new good driving homes in the next year or so. I can't wait to see how Peanut turns out. He's got a ton of potential.Some people search for years for one good driving horse, and you have a whole collection now. One of my favorite things is taking a scraggly horse and watching him bloom. Thanks for the photo update.
S loves Blue for sure. I paid more than I wanted to for him but he's starting to show his value. I'm not feeling as bad about it. Peanut does not have any white on his face. He was listed as a grulla dun... we'll see this spring I suppose.Looks like you have two keepers there, MC Your son and Blue look look like a good match.
Does Peanut have any white on his face? He is a nice color.