Howdy from Texas!
Life has been pretty interesting. I ended up having open heart surgery in July. All went well and I recovered without complications.
Now that I’m pretty far along the recovery path, I couldn’t hold off the driving itch any further. I’m decided that I’m going to try and do the Christmas parade and Christmas wagon rides that I used to do each year. This means I’m gonna have to get some lazy pasture ornaments into wagon pulling shape!!
I decided I was going to work all 3 horses at the same time just to make things easier. Well it sure wasn’t easier. Buck won’t step off. He can be a stubborn butt just like his momma was. I had him in the center of the 3 abreast formation, with cross lines from his hames out to the inside bit of the girls on the outside. This means that when Buck won’t move, the girls step out and then turn into him. I tried for a while to encourage him to remember what to do, but he just wouldn’t do it. He wanted to walk behind the girls. Ended the night without having any actual fun driving.
Next night I decided to just work the girls. Pam and Rachael are my dream team! They were a touch rusty, but fell into their old routines very quickly. We drug the sled around the field for 45 minutes, then I went out on the road for a few minutes. It was all easy, and fun, and everything I love about driving. So lucky to have these horses! I only have one picture from the night, but after a 2 year break in driving, it’s a sight for my sore eyes. :)