I've been extremely busy, so I apologize for my absence from this blog. But, we've been driving! We've hooked to the cart 4 times as of today, and Louie is doing fabulously. He had his "third time out" attitude on our second time hooking- he got bored with going around in circles and started getting a little bit fussy and anticipating/cutting corners, but we got him straightened out and put him to some new tasks.
We haven't hooked without a ground person yet, but we will in time. Louie is proving to be quite a capable and happy driving horse, though he still looks to me for reassurance from time to time. We have done lots of walking, but have also worked a little bit on trotting, backing, and doing small-ish circles. We are also working on standing patiently, and today we went back out to where we had our accident last summer, and drove up the driveway a couple of times. Louie did great and proves to be a very safe and happy driving horse. I am quite pleased to say that he is yet another horse who has made a recovery from a "wreck" and is driving without any slightest inkling of a problem.
We've got at least one more lesson with Steve, but he is very pleased with our progress and imagines we will be flying solo shortly. He does want us to continue without blinders for a few months until Louie gets very comfortable driving without them, then slowly introduce them back in to the routine.
Without further ado, here are the photos that Steve managed to snap of us today while we were working. I couldn't be more pleased with Louie- and as you can see here, he looks pretty pleased with himself as well. :)
The view from the driver's seat
Sorry for the awful frame here- trying to get Louie's attention as I ask him to make a turn- but clearly he is rather interested in the view ahead of him.
Making a very nice turn, quite comfortable without his blinders.
Hello and welcome to my blog! Meet my horse Ro & Me's Master of Illusion or "Louie" as we call him. He is an 8-year-old American Saddlebred gelding sired by Trust Fund and out of Everything in Return by Royal Return. Louie was an exciting new addition to the family in October of 2008 and shows tons of potential both in the show ring and out. His friendly personality, curiosity and remarkable intelligence are characteristic of his breed. This blog will follow Louie through his daily life and training as he learns what it means to be a Saddlebred pleasure horse.