Sunday, September 11, 2011

practice, practice, practice

Here's a short video of ground driving with Jasper, my good friend Brett at the reins. Brett knows how to work a team and I know enough about tack to get by, making for the best ever practice with Jasper out in the pasture. All of us worked up a sweat—and now with a properly-fitted harness, chains, and singletree—I'm ready to get into a serious routine of practice with Jasper. It'll be a half hour a day in harness from here on out, slowly complicating the course, adding weight, and working out near the road and around the farm and woods. I was grateful for Brett's help, and proud of my little pony, who did a bang up job out there in harness.

While out at dinner in Manchester, I asked Brett when he last thought that singletree was used? He said a hundred years, probably. It was the same singletree that was hanging on the side of the farm house as a decoration. The folks I bought this place from probably found it in the barn and thought it was better for ambiance than use. A few years later, some kids are in the pasture training a cart/logging pony with a small dead sumac trunk that fell down in the hurricane. Life rolls.


My new routine:
Sheep herding with Gibson in the morning.
Horse training at night.

Thank God for the internet, books, and instructional DVDs.

18 Comments:

Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

Isn't life awesome?

September 11, 2011 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Jasper looks AWESOME in his harness. Healthy, happy, and ready to work.

September 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Looks like that pony knows his job just fine. You'll catch up to him soon!

September 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

I don't know much about horses, or much about harnesses, but I am very interested in reading about how this goes on! Jasper is pretty cute, too.

-Autumn

September 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger David Shearer said...

Jasper's turning out to be a pretty fine pony! Keep up the great work, Jenna!

September 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Hurrah!! You go girl!! You and Jasper are going to have a blast together. :)

September 11, 2011 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

He looks great Jenna. Very calm, and before you know it, he will be hitched up!

September 12, 2011 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

A woman and her pony, an even more beautiful thing

September 12, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Since the singletree is that old; I would trade/purchase a new one when you want to put some serious weight behind Jasper. Learned that the hard way, believe me! Use it to train/work with him and then hang it back up.

September 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

looking good!

September 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

Jasper looks like he knows what he's up to!

September 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Zelda said...

I guess I never noticed it because he was in kind of roughs shape when you got him, but he actually has excellent conformation and moves out quite nicely. Looks like he'll do great in harness!

September 12, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Awwww he's a regular Pro! Way to go Jasper!!

September 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

I know absolutely nothing about training a pony, but your video was beautiful to watch.

September 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Once you're done with Jasper, I'll send you my matched pair of buckskin shetland mares. They are a driving team, but I was told they used to do chuck-wagon races, so I'm too chicken to hook them together. They ground-drive great individually though...

September 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Phaedra's advice is pretty sound, actually.

Is Jasper big enough to pull a plow if you needed him too? What were you planning on doing with him anyway, just pulling a cart?

September 13, 2011 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

i certainly need a new tree!

and Jasper will be used to pull a utility wagon by lead line, cart, ride, and log.... the works

September 13, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

What's the weight capacity on a pony like that? I don't think actually they can pull a plow... too dern heavy.

September 13, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

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