Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ground driving

I ground drove Shelby a few days ago. We started in the round pen, just lunging on a long line. Then I put it through the stirrup. She thought that was very strange, but picked it right up and did fine. Then from the other side.

After that, I kept the long line through the stirrup, on the inside, and attached a lead rope to the outside stirrup and halter, wrapping the end of the lead rope up and out of the way, but with no real pressure on the halter.

Then, double long lines, through both stirrups. We got tangled up a few times, and apparently there is no "whoa" when she is being driven. After stopping (to the best of our current ability), turning, untangling a few times, we headed out to the pasture where there is more room. No horses there, but there were plenty about 50 yards away on the other side of the fence. You can guess to where she directly headed.

It took about 15 minutes to get her to understand the lines outside the round pen and then to agree to turning away from her buddies. We were eventually driving through a large gate and around the outside of the round pen. She had resigned herself to going away from her buddies and it was smooth sailing after that.

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