Harness Training Part 3

Today I got Chewbacca out for a second day of ground driving with the harness.  He did great!

For now, I am working him in his regular English bridle, so he doesn’t have to worry about learning something new with the ground driving while being half blind!!!

So of course, that means he has to adapt to seeing 30 foot lines fluttering around next to and behind him.  Today I let the lines out nearly all the way.  We walked and walked and walked and walked and I would sidle in behind him at the end of the lines and he could see me behind him holding them.  He did very well with that.  We did circles, we changed directions and he got to see the reins switch over his back.  He got a little worried about that the first time, but the second and third times he was fine.

We probably did about 1/2 hour of walking.  He walked out in circles just fine, too.

I did try a little trot and that didn’t go so well, as I expected.  He spun around and ended up facing me while I was holding the lines, which means they ended up wrapped behind his neck.  But once we regrouped, I shortened up on the lines a bit and got 5 or 6 calm and gentle little trotting strides, which is all I wanted.  For his second day, I’d say he did fantastic.

I hope to ground drive him every time I’m at the barn, which should be 3-4 days a week weather dependent.  I’ll try trotting again a little bit here and there over the next week.  I think at that rate, he should be able to trot a full circle probably next weekend.

And, as a plus, with all the walking I’m doing around the arena with him, I’ll get even more exercise!

As difficult as it has been to accept that I really no longer belong riding (it’s been since Feb 19th that I rode last), I’m doing OK and starting into ground driving training with Chewbacca has given me something to focus on.  I know I have a lot of horse driving books I got for my husband when he first started, I have to dig them out and read back through them.  Plus, there’s several driving vendors and a driving clinician at the Midwest Horse Fair in 2 weeks.  I found a local driving club although I am still awaiting email back from them.  I’m not sure how active they are.  They do have a long list of events for this year, many of them around 5+ hours away, though.  But I did find out about a place 30 minutes away and I am trying to find out more info.

I’d like to volunteer at a major CDE that’s an hour away from me, so we’ll see.  It’s called Iron Horse CDE and I went one year just to watch – it was amazing.  I think as a volunteer, I’d be able to experience a national level CDE and learn more about it.  That could be a great chance to gain extra knowledge.
I am serious about wanting to someday do a marathon. Chewbacca’s theme color is lime green.  I haven’t been able to find any horse-size lime green harness so I’ve been making my own.  They look OK and I’m happy with them.  I’ll get pictures of that soon I hope.  But in the mean time, I found this marathon cart. …


Yes, I know I’m YEARS away from even thinking about doing a marathon, but it is a good goal, right?!  Oh that and this cart is just over $11,000…. yeah.  Pocket change.  LOL.  <<cough,cough>>

Need to win lotto………………………………..



About kshai1715

I am a lifelong equestrian, photography enthusiast, sci-fi lover, and sci-fi convention & costuming geek that also loves movies and video games. I am a hard working 30 something woman that survived cancer and am looking forward to a long, healthy, self-empowered life. Welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy reading about my horses (and the rest of my life) as much as I like writing about them.
This entry was posted in Driving, horse, Quarter Horse and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Harness Training Part 3

  1. Dom says:

    I wish carts weren’t so expensive. I’d love to get one for Oz. He’s a ton of fun to drive and I’d love to change up our routine.

  2. kshai1715 says:

    Ah, there’s carts around for all prices. The wood one I was thinking about is $800. The much nicer black one I’m seriously thinking about getting is $600/nego. Metal 2 wheel EZ entry carts run around $300-$500 used. Sometimes less. Wood ones average around $1000. We paid $1200 for Luke’s Meadowbrook but I’ve seen them used for as low as $800 to as high as $2400. New they are around $3500. I bet if you check craigslist, you’d find something for Oz between $400-$600. Our neighbor up the street from the barn has a standardbred that used to race. I got to drive him this winter in the sleigh. I’ve never driven a sleigh before. It was a blast. I’ll bet Oz would be fun to drive!!
    Those marathon carts, though – they’re a whole different ball of wax. I need to learn more about marathons and equipment and rules and all that, but so far, from what I’ve been seeing, marathon carts start at about $4000 used and like my awesome cool lime green one, get extremely expensive really quick! we can all have fantasies.

    I’ll just be happy when I get Chewie driving in a regular cart down the road without a major problem!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s