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Winters, our peaceful times, are a period that we use to keep our mounts fit and willing to work as trainers in our Montana Workhorse workshops". Since the middle of December we have been having snows here at home, so we can put the horse on sledges and sledges and in some cases exchange the bikes (e.g. on the front car) for a runner.
Here Doc Ann, one of our Suffolk Punch Draft Mare, on a small sledge. The sledge is great with a small cargo and a lone horse. In addition to the nice climate and the ranching work in winter, this period of peace and quiet gives us even more possibilities to relax and work with our horse mates.
Ploughing with horse ploughing is a favourite pastime for Doc and me. Both of us are enjoying ploughing with one, two or three ploughs. Noises, the scent, the sensation of gripping and working with the ground.... this is just as much a part of our work as working with the team.
It is very important to us to help the horse to understand the job and to make its own contributions in a relaxing and convenient way. Both of us have a common interest in the horse gear of the past and have a certain "collection". We' re enthusiastic about the parts detail, the technology, the construction, the manufacturer's story, the settings, the service and the fittings of these old devices.
The" plough coupling plate" is one of these very attractive art elements of the plough. The Chattanooga 43 10 Two horse walker plough is ideal for our Fjord team, and a Lynchburg 6 and 8 individual horse walker plough for our individual Suffolk Punch ponies should be here soon!
Soil is not frosty and there is still no snows..... maybe they come here to try it before coming back in summer..... One of the most popular student ploughing classes in our workshop is to learn how to plough. To learn to plough is one of the favourite pastimes of many pupils.
A pupil of ours, who had been waiting since his childhood to plow with a horse, was particularly happy that he was "at the handles" for the first of all. We were not only able to carry out our usual practical work with our people, but we also had the chance to help our new ponies take on loud gear and work on our grass at the same times.
He opted for Brisk and Solven, our fjord whales in Norway, to show a secure way of bringing a horse into contact with unknown material. You are an expert crew that pulls cars and waggons in a wide range of different environments all your lifetime. It is the first machine these horsemen have ever been attached to, so we wanted to make sure it was a safer and more enjoyable ride for everyone.
There was a parking lot for the trucks and rakes. and smelled him while he was inactive. Then Cathy rode the pick-up with the side boom screen around the edges of the grass.
At one point the scraper (because of their blinkers) had "disappeared" behind the boys that they showed some anxiety. The boys were slowing down so that the rakes came back into their sight and they recovered their sense of being. A few time back and forth, the ponies showed no hesitation about when the rack and the lorry were behind them or next to them.
The next step was to repeat all these operations, with the screen now moving loudly in the passage behind the pick-up. There was no sign of alarm about the rack behind, next to or in front of them, even if they were moved very near to it. It is a way of exposing each horse to new devices, procedures, environments as well as activity.
The procedure allowed the horse to see and listen to the horse and make sure it felt good before being asked to raise it. By dividing them into small stages, such as these, the horse can take on new challenges in small stages and feel well.
When we see concerns on the part of the horse, we leave one small steps behind, so that they again well. Our return (retreat) is as far as necessary for the horse to recover its own level of comforts. By the way, this procedure also gave us the opportunity to make some necessary adaptations to the screen before we attached the horse to it.
It' good to make adaptations and make sure that the gear works well BEFORE placing the horse on the tack. Following a round on the field with the screen on the lorry, Doc found that the animals did not care about the work in this new area or about the sound associated with the side boom screen.
stopping the lorry, we lost the rack. After that the rack (again from the aisle) with solvents and brisk hung on the front car; the boys left in comfort. Next we started the screen and when they gave their signals, the boys started. All of us thought he'd be a good match for Tom.
During the 2011 season we decided that Jay Jay Jay could profit from spending some time at Therriault Creek with Doc, Cathy, their ponies and mules. It was a real ranching gear Tom didn't know Cathy had for Jay Jay Jay.
So, he made a work harness for Jay Jay Jay. 20 June 2011, Father's Day, Tom has adapted the harness to Jay Jay. In the picture on the picture on the left, Tom adapts Jay Jay's new work harness. The harness is completely with: Tom, go for a joyride with Jay Jay Jay in his new harness:
This year we have a regular Rocky Mountain spring; we have woken up three consecutive nights last weekend to get newsnows! An over-proportional part of their period seems to be dedicated to the dreamy view of the field of carrots and meadows. This is a short introduction to how we introduce a particular horse to some new equipment.
Belle, the horse, is a Suffolk and there are some previous articles about her practice on this blogs. In any case, Kris and I had got them to tow genuine agricultural tools by throwing a small tyre for a while. Sometimes I sat on the tyre to put on some extra strength and to alter the "feeling" of the train for the horse, taking care not to overload it with too much strength for too long.
As we really had something to do in the last few nights, Kris was driving one of our broken ponies and I was driving Belle to look into it and later, when she was spiritually willing to take part. Each time I take Belle to him to examine it, I take her back and forward, right and in front of the machine, while Kris and the broken horse were working, then she went to the floor as I had led her above.
When she was spiritually prepared, I hooked her to the device and Kris led her while I was driving. As Kris slowly fell back on Belle's shoulders and then when everything was pushed aside well to let Belle work alone. So if Belle needed more psychological help, Kris could get easy hold of her helmet over her neck.
It is remarkable that I would not try this on a horse that does not have a sound basis for practice, which Doug explains in his DVD about stallion start. Then the horse must take you as its commander and react to the holster. We were very cautious even with a horse with a sound footing like Belle to make sure she felt good with every move in the equestrian journey, and we would have retreated if things had been escalating to where we would see any sign of unease, anxiety or escape from it.
These are some photos of Kris riding Jerry on the disk while I'm riding Belle. It began very easily and slowly raised the draught to a modest value for a lone horse. While I was working with her, I would change the design from there to give her a different "feeling" at her throat.
You can see, we start by pointing them out, then we fall back. I' ve worked on them for only about an hours with a lot of idle times and compliments. Our grumpy but magnificent filly Kris pushes Ray with small sticks onto the pod. You can see that I guide Belle, then I drive her and accustom her to the noises, images and odours of the skid, as well as to the fact that the longer sticks are a different sensation than a short cultivator and can suddenly and strangely stir up bristles and rubble.
Later, Kris and I hitchhiked and successfully spun some of the easier Doug Firs. I' ve made many brief moves and Kris preceded me most of the times for the assistance. It was not as good as I had wished for in front of the shed, but overall I was quite lucky for the first one.
We were still concerned after she had confessed for a while, so we uncoupled the window and took her through the Reifenhäuser until she was quiet again. So on saturday, we hitched Tom and Charlie.
You are a very skilled and self-confident horse family. When we had taken a car out of the manger, we hung ourselves on the slide to bring some compost indoors. You could call this machine a horse ball shovel or a towing scraping tool. People came with their ponies and doctors and worked together to construct streets in their area.
Fresno scratches were similar, but were drawn by a multiples of the horse. A pair of ponies lifted the doctor up to the building. It' s close around the elevated flowers, so we wanted to do it with just one horse. and we thought Tom would be good for this particular venture because he's the more advanced horse in the group.
It was a surprise for both of us that he didn't want to move forward, even though I was leading with the leading man. Attempting to drive him in the apartment by the shed, we thought that we would have to devote much more of our lives to riding individually before asking him to do our slip-scraper.
Charlie's turn next was to become singles. So we put the individual routes on him and asked him to go to our apartment. It felt good with the glide scrapers, too. And the next days were also good for working with them. It was Harley who used a line around all three of them.
We' re driving her first, just to be sure. We were very happy with the other two and did what we wanted, so we felt at ease sitting them on a big rock canoe. It was too small to turn the horse around, so Harley pulled the horse over and we tethered Tom to a pole.
It is really fun for me to make every horse training event a real educational one. It upset her a little with her mind and tried to grind the other ponies, but she was very co-operative when I fixed them. We' had the best wire holster on Babe with the longest one. I also wanted a long line of pencil to Charlie on the leftside.
When I have a Babe issue, I could move it towards her holster and have full command instead of trying to get her weight off her ham. They had a decent training on the court. I' had a great timeto drive her back to the shed.
Harley and I were both enthusiastic about the way the ponies moved together and worked as a group. Riding three is a good way to get more riders ready for work next year.