For the past few years Zorro has done things like go for long walks with me and the dogs, sometimes with me and his mama...
Last summer I figured out that Sky did NOT like the bit she had driven in most of her life.
Yep. Today was the day! Zorro was hitched to the travois for the first time!
Zorro was a cheeky little guy today which was fun! I also love them to get some of that out of their system in the travois and not in my cart. LOL.
We did a 4 mile walk today with the travois, bringing Zorro’s total miles for the month, to 36. So that’s pretty significant. It would seem that he would be an old hand at this walking thing.
The travois mimics the feeling of the shafts very, very well. I often hear stories about how well the pony or horse did pulling logs and tires. They did this for months and everything went wonderfully. Then they hitched that same animal to a cart and all hell broke loose.
In the video I shared of Zorro’s first hitch to the travois I mentioned using a smaller travois that doesn’t drag on the ground as a small step towards dragging the travois, for those horses that are more claustrophobic.
I have had a couple of questions about teaching a horse that has never ground driven. Especially when the horse wants to turn and face and isn’t figuring it out.
I see the question “How old should my horse be before I drive him?” all the time.
Zorro did an awesome job! He is such a trooper! We only went 3 miles since the sled was a bit heavier than the travois.
Today was Zorro’s first day pulling the Hyperbike! It was so exciting to hitch him to the bike. I could hardly wait to do it!
It’s been very cold here for the last two weeks. When the temperature is the in the single digits I, personally, find it too cold to drive or do much outside.
Finally! The weather has broke a bit and Zorro and I have hit the road again.
Just another post about balancing a two wheeled vehicle...
Zorro and I had such a fantastic drive today. Really really lovely.
We took the bike out because the snow is melting off the road so the sled is probably done for the year.
Zorro and I went to Fraser School of Driving this weekend for our very first driving clinic. It was Zorro’s first clinic (aside from the beginner driving clinic he helped teach) and it was my first driving clinic.
For Memorial Weekend I took my pony and my friend Molly and her pony, and we ran away to the mountains.
I think we often are asking ourselves... is my pony being responsive or reacting to what I'm asking?
If you have been following this blog for very long you know that Zorro was born at my mom's house and came here when he was about 6 or 8 months old. I can't remember which! LOL! But he was a baby. And ever since he got here I have been preparing him to drive...
Zorro's 1st Time
Pulling a Travois
Zorro's 2nd Time
Pulling a Travois
Why do I use
Starting a Young Driving
The Small Travois
Pulling the Sled
Zorro's 1st Drive
And we start again!
Balancing the Easy Entry Cart
March 15th Drive
Fraser School of Driving
How to prepare a young
foal to be a driving horse.
The 3rd Time