Just a bit of fun stuff going on around here today. I drove Sky tonight and she was wonderful! She is in heat and did pretty well considering. Last year I would never have been able to drive her during this time as she was so cranky. I’m so glad she is feeling well enough to play with me this year. She had lots of energy, due to being in heat, so we had to do lots of circles, figures of eight and trotting past the driveway then turning around and trotting past the driveway again. While doing this she started offering the most amazing trot! She would lower her butt, round her back and lower her head and power UP! Her trot didn’t get faster, but her stride nearly doubled. It was the best extended trot I’ve ever witnessed her doing! I wish I had had someone videoing us from the side. I’ll bet it was something to see!

We did a bit of cantering too. It was just a fun fun evening! I look forward to really getting her in shape. She went to the vet on Monday to have blood drawn so I can figure out why she is so overweight. Some exercise combined with the info I’ll receive from the vet should help her get in very good shape!

Next the boys and I added a south side to the little track in one side of my dry lot. Now it makes a complete circle! Sky and Chantelle move all day long. It’s so nice to see them using it as it was intended. I added some rocks and a small log on the north side so I could hide food there. This promotes foraging and gets them hunting along the track, moving! I am loving setting this up and can’t wait to build bigger and better ones in the coming years! Turn up the volume as I walk you through it.

Today. Was. AWESOME!!! I had a busy day, running to town, then walking the dogs (we walked 4 miles!) then working on Bonnie, oiling and massaging her, trying to help her manage the pain, then harnessing Sky and driving down the road!!! She was so ready for this. She has been wanting to just put her head down and trot from some time now. Both of us were so happy!

SO happy!!

I didn’t want to ask her to do something that was unfair at this early stage, so I didn’t drive her for very long and we stayed on the flat part of the road, driving back and forth in front of my house, past our driveway. She would trot very fast whenever we were turned towards our driveway so we have some barn sour stuff to work through. But I was thinking about it and I don’t think my mom ever drove her alone! I think we always drove together. So Sky is a bit unconfident when it’s just her out there. She definitely likes it more when Bonnie is with us. Hopefully Bonnie will heal up soon so she can join us!

We are going to work up to driving down to my neighbors house this week and next week. We will have to drive past some horses that Sky has only seen once and then down their driveway with 4 big dogs, 3 miniature horses and about 30 chickens, ducks, and geese! So I want her a bit more confident before we tackle THAT!!

My set up! Those tires are wonderful. We have some rough country with sage bushes and big rocks so I’m thrilled with the spokes and the big, wide tires. Big tires make the cart easier to pull! I am really looking forward to getting the sliding back band with a tree from Comfy fit harness as well.

I love love my curved shafts! I love how they help balance the cart. I love that they make the shaft loops sit at a certain spot making it so they don’t slide forward and back and the best part is when Sky turns her head to visit with me her rein doesn’t get hung up on the end of the shaft!! Also when turning the shaft ends do not interfere with her shoulder at all. When we are a bit smoother I will video that for you! I have a few adjustments to make with the shaft loops but everything seemed to work together very well today.

Sky is such a pretty, smart girl. We were both pretty proud of ourselves today!

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I wrote a book! Actually I wrote the first edition a few years ago in as an answer to all the questions I was getting from my clients about how exactly do I hitch my horse to the cart?  What is this part of the harness and what does it do?  What steps do you use to start a horse in cart? I made up a little booklet to share some of my ideas and insights.

Now it has evolved into the second edition of which I am VERY PROUD. My Handsome Hubby helped me lay it all out and played a huge part in helping make it look professional.  He was also the reins-man in the book, driving our little mare, Ellie, for all the pictures.  He learned how to drive while helping me with this book!

bookcollageThis is a tried and true method that has worked over and over with many different miniature horses, ponies, horses and even a few donkeys.  (I have even used this step-by-step procedure to help a gal start her pet buffalo in cart!! It was a bit different because when he didn’t want to play anymore he would just leave. He didn’t care if we didn’t want to go that way. He went anyway…)

I hope it goes out into the world and helps people understand the process a bit better. I hope it brings a sense of accomplishment to others that want to step into a cart behind their miniature horse, pony, big horse or donkey.

I hope you like it. CLICK to purchase.