Today I tried Chewie out in the arena. My goal was to get him to walk 2 laps around. My hope was that he’d walk and steer on his own. I hitched him up by myself. He stood there without moving a muscle. Guess at least all my “whoa and stand” training hasn’t been for naught. LOL.
I got in the cart and the steering is definitely a problem. Once he stops, he won’t go again, and when my ground person helping me led him and made him move forward, the steering isn’t there.
Since I’ve never trained a horse to drive before, I don’t know if this is normal or not. If he steers perfectly on the ground lines, shouldn’t that just cross over to the cart? Guess not. Well, it’s as much of a learning curve for me as it is for him. I plan (or hope) to have ground help for the first 10 training sessions in the cart, but since I’ve used up three of those sessions already, maybe I’ll need help with the first 20. LOL.
He really surprised me by standing for hitching so perfectly. And, he’s perfectly happy to stand with the cart. Pulling it is a whole ‘nother story. It only took 14 days of work to bring him to the point of being ready to be hitched. I know now that he is more than ready to be hitched. I’m just not so sure he’s ready to actually pull. He’s not pushing into the breast collar.
I still need to make some adjustments to the harness, and I’m working on getting a breast collar pad for him too, since my bright green one was a fail.
And earlier in the day, we cracked out Luke and practiced some cones. Don’t they look great! If Luke can haul around the arena with the weight he pulls, Chewbacca can certainly walk around the arena a few times. Well, we’ll just see where we get over the next few weeks.
It’s supposed to rain all week now, so I’m sure there will be no more work to be done with any horses this week.
Have a good one!