Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Miniature Wonder Horse

More on Suzie and her hot-to-trot attitude in a moment, but first, we need to talk about a certain pint sized pony.

Fancy pony video-still.
This guy is the total bomb. He has some serious odd quirks and is a total shithead sometimes, but when he wants to work, damn he puts in a good effort. His personality is a bit hilarious at times - he spooks so easily at everything and doesn't like to be caught sometimes, but when hitched up to a harness he has such a wonderful worth ethic and attitude that being a monster pony doesn't bother me.

 I hitched him up the other day so my friends who have never seen a driving horse before could go out for a spin - they even drove him around for a bit and he was completely ace.

I find that he certainly needs a lot more work, especially in his transitions and keeping supple, but that will come with fitness and more training under his belt. I've noticed that he bulges during turns as well, so I have to really support him with my reins and keep him "between my legs" for lack of a better term. He does well with it all, and responds with minimal fuss - he does love to trot though and takes a bajillion half halts to get any kind of nice, steady trot out of him. I think the rushing at the trot has to do with the fact that he is green adn out of shape - it'll get better. He also likes to duck behind the vertical, but I find that he already has such a short neck to begin with that being round is already a difficult task for him. I'll have to find that happy medium for him between asking for too much and too little.

But, he sure is a lot of fun and there were many smiles to be had on this drive!


  1. i'm so glad you're having so much fun with him!! it's really cool watching your progress too - esp since i know zip zero about driving :)

    1. That makes two of us (who know zip zero)! LOL