Louie and I have been enjoying a nice mix of riding and driving over the past few months. We haven't worked on too much that is new in our driving adventures, but perhaps we're ready to progress to some new challenges. Louie is doing very well, even with the flies bugging him, he drove like a champ in the outdoor ring tonight. With a little work and some additions to his attire (breeching, blinders, probably need a Meadowbrook cart too), I think he could probably make a nice carriage driving horse- as you can see quite clearly that with his headset where it is (low), he will certainly not make a Saddlbred show driving horse without quite a bit of work and risking hurting his back. So for now we'll keep working this way and work on making a nice sound, bombproof driving horse out of Louie. As our driving trainer Steve said, why try to change him into something else (ie a country pleasure show driving horse or a CDE maniac horse), when he is so pleasureable to drive the way he is? Steve sure likes Louie just the way he is, and while he's not really much for breed shows, I don't think Louie's too shabby either.We need to work more on the driveway and potentially progress to the road or trail at some point in time (I think we'll make sure that is good under saddle before tackling it in the cart). Then add some more desensitization tactics- we still have to drag that sled behind us at some point, and add blinders. . .