They don't seem to mind the sirens and horns honking. Bicycles coming up behind, and people darting out from the crowd are worse. They do like following; if you can have yours follow another miniature it will help alot. No way can one prepare for everything one might encounter. At one parade, Dapper Dan refused to cross the black tar lines in the street! A horsey person on hand is good; just a well-meaning amateur doesn't work as well.That's surprising. I really admire you and Dapper Dan for being able to drive in parades. How did you get started? Obviously one would have to have a horse with a good mind for starters. I've thought about lining up some kids to make noise for practice and then just walking one of my ponies on a lead in our town's parade someday in the future to see how it would go. I'll have to make sure I have trained a solid citizen to take before that day happens.
Can you share some parade advice?
How did you handle the black tar lines with DD? Did you have someone to lead him over them, or go around? I saw a horse at the last HDT I went to absolutely refuse to go through the covered bridge. Fortunately after some shenanigans the driver had a navigator that got out of their vehicle and led the horse through. A pony also balked at the water hazzard and started rearing and somehow got one of the shafts over her back. This woman also had a navigator who could pop out and make things right. We never know what new thing our horses will need a little time and training with because it's new and they just haven't been exposed to it before. Like you said; you can't prepare for everything. It's such a special feeling for me though when they come across whatever it was that scared them the next time and it's no problem.They don't seem to mind the sirens and horns honking. Bicycles coming up behind, and people darting out from the crowd are worse. They do like following; if you can have yours follow another miniature it will help alot. No way can one prepare for everything one might encounter. At one parade, Dapper Dan refused to cross the black tar lines in the street! A horsey person on hand is good; just a well-meaning amateur doesn't work as well.
Good grief. What next?No driving here! We have been having record heat and lightning which has caused fires all over California. No fire here but we are covered in ash and it is really smokey. Annie has broken out in huge hives! Just gave her an antihistamine.
We have some family members 30 miles away that have been evacuated. Crazy times!
Luckily it was on the street as we were approaching the parade beginning. I took him up on the side of the street. It was sort of an open area with rough grass. The parade route was on a bricked street so we were fine there. He has never bothered about tar strips since, so who knows what was in his horsey brain that day. But there was no way he was going to step over those.How did you handle the black tar lines with DD? Did you have someone to lead him over them, or go around? I
Really dry and hot here too! We can use all the help we can get.We've had some really smokey/ashy days here with local fires but they usually only last a couple of days. I can't imagine how bad it is there right now. A bunch of our wildland fire guys from here in Utah just headed out to California to help. I hope, with more help coming in from other states, they can get the fires under control.
It's just been too hot to drive here. We are usually cooling off by now but we've had a record breaking hot/dry 4 weeks here.
Marsha,Mornings have been beautiful here. I try to get my yard work finished before it gets hot. Getting the horses brushed and produce picked and everything watered takes time. Then I sometimes go for an ebike ride. About 10 miles is a good ride before it gets too hot. I've been too lazy to hitch Midnight--and I still have a little touch of anxiety so I put it off. Chores are my excuse. It's sad, but true.
View attachment 42193Hopefully my sister will come out this week for a drive and we can get some more miles on Midnight.
Thank you both for your compliments!Mindy, Oliver looks like a real cutie! Wondering what height his parents are and what you think he might finish out at.
Zorro will be a great example for him and give him confidence on the ride to his new home. Excited for you!