I am having a horsey high! Why? Because. . .
I drove Shyloh!! I had Ed there for support, just in case something happened and I didn't feel that I could handle it. But I did! And Shy was great.
When I started out with Shy(line driving with the cart), it was going bad. Now that we seem to have the stand working just fine, Shy has moved on to a new behavior. Typical. I had hooked her to the cart and she wanted to zoom backwards. What? I had to force her to move forward. Ugh. After we got moving Shy was tense and uptight. But eventually she blew out and relaxed.
Ed had wanted to drive Shy again. He said she was a lot of fun. He saw her zooming backwards behaviors, so I looked at him like he was crazy, but agreed. Only I got in the cart, too. And I took the lines.
|Me, sitting in the cart!|
Shy has a tendency to want to start out a little faster than I am comfortable with, but she slows down to a walk after a few strides. I had to relax my body and give Shy the lines a little bit. . .I have a tendency to hold on too tight. Ed had said that if she is given her head, she will keep a nice pace and there is no need to keep the lines tight unless she starts picking up pace or acting up. But she didn't, she was great!
|The cat wanted to go for a ride, too|
Ed also said one of the reasons that she acts up, besides being a mare, is because we walk a lot and she is bored. Which I figured. Shy does like a challenge. Trot is her gait. And with the cart, she does have a nice little trot/jog.
I plan on spending the rest of the evening reveling in my horsey high! I am looking forward to many more drives with Shy!