Well, if you want to be really technical about it, I did actually drive the horses back in February when I hitched them to the toboggan. Chewie got hitched twice. But for the sake of my American Driving Society recreational driving hours, I only log the drives spent hitched to an actual vehicle. I suppose if I had a sleigh I would count it…
As it is, I took a loot back at the last couple years of first days back to driving – 2013, they got their start on the first day of Spring – March 21. In 2012, they were already driving in February a little! By March 5, they were practically on a full schedule. Well, this year I got to it a little later than I had hoped, but at least I did get to it!
I actually drove Jesse first out of all of them! Sheesh! And last week, I drove Dexter & Leo! Talk about putting my boys last! Saturday afternoon I got to the barn late, and I opted to give Luke & Chewie some extra play time in the outdoor while I hitched up Jesse and took him for a 1/2 hour drive. It was getting late and it was windy and cold, so I chose to drive Jesse in the front yard. With trees lining the road side and the house side, and trees throughout the front, it’s at least a little sheltered (better than the totally open arena), and I was able to stay sufficiently warm enough. Jesse was great! Jesse is one of those horses that just doesn’t need the “play time” or warm up, or working off the yaya’s before he goes to work. Jesse’s just a grand little dude that’s always happy to please. Although, he did have a heart attack when the new neighbor’s Chihuahua and Boxer charged the fence barking. Poor guy. lol.
Finally on March 30 I got around to driving Chewie & Luke! Wow 9 days “late” this year. And the weather is no better now, so don’t think I’ll be driving again at least until the weekend, but that’s going to be questionable.
One the left, Chewie’s first drive begins! We are actually still in the driveway of the farm, there! lo. The next photo is the road well traveled- heading back home at the end of a nice little 3 mile/45 minute jaunt. Yes, that is 15 minutes a mile. lol. Hey, speed wasn’t the goal. It was a nice day, sunny, breezy, but warm breezy. There were lots of stimulations, like a guy chainsawing, people shooting guns, barking dogs, motorcycles & crotch rockets whizzing by… but it was a great drive and Chewie did just fine.
Luke heading out and returning home. Same drive. 3 miles/45 minutes. Luke had only one minor meltdown – come on, he *is* a hackney, and I will give him credit – it was a new sight even for us. That pony has been on these roads over and over and over during the last 6 years.. in fact, I guesstimate that he’s logged somewhere between 400-450 miles on the roads over the years, and we still see new sights…
This time, it was a kid pedaling a little bicycle/car looking thingie. It made a little grinding sound, and was glittery hot pink with tassles. Luke wanted absolutely. NO. part of that at ALL. Good thing no traffic was coming. I tried twice, but ultimately decided for safety’s sake it was easier to turn around and wait elsewhere until the coast was clear. The rest of Luke’s drive included just the “usual” sights… speedy motorists, someone raking the lawn, nothing overly dramatic.
I was so happy to get back out and work the horses once again… now I sit and watch the gray sky outside, the wind blowing so hard the trees are sideways, and rain in the forecast for the next 4 days. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to driving again!
Enjoy the weather if you have it nice!