Wednesday, March 31, 2010

We are now all older

The birthdays came and went. Foxy and Belle had their cakes. Belle had two carrot candles since she turned 19, Foxy only got one since she turned 12.

Lady just got a carrot since her grain is just pelleted and the carrot wouldn't stick. We did made a human carrot cake in the shape of a horse, but I was not in the house when they cut into it, so I did not get a picture. For Kid #2's 12th birthday, I made a cake. It's a chocolate Foxy. Complete with the Blue eye.
I just got cherry chip cupcakes. I did not even bother to frost them.
Then we went on a trail ride. Yes, the halter is on Foxy, yes, that normally drives me crazy, but I wanted to be prepared. She had a half a moment of naughtiness, but Kid #2 handled it just fine. It has taken a while, but he is definitely gaining confidence.

My neighbor let me borrow her harness. We are planning a neighborhood cleanup. I thought that it would be cool to have Belle pull a wagon to through the garbage into. Unfortunately, the wagon only has a pole, no shafts. But I wanted to try out the harness on Belle anyway. It is short, Belle has a very long back, and its a fine harness, not what we use to drive carriages. Belle was a little confused when I put the saddle and britching on first. The the breast collar rather than the heavy collar. The crupper wouldn't fit, the straps are too short. The checkrein was unbelievably short. (no reenactments of Black Beauty and Ginger) But I ground drove her around the neighborhood and over to show off. Belle was awesome and excited. I definitely got my workout stretching out my walk to keep up with hers. If I jogged, so did she. She kept at a walk most of the time. She really doesn't like the neighbor's yard, so that was tough trying to get her to stand while they scrounged around looking for longer pieces of harness. We just might be able to get it to work. Kid #2 wants to train up Foxy for a light buggy. She won't be able to carry him much longer with that leg, so he wants to use her for light harness work.
When we left the barn, Belle was cruising and did not care that the other horses were neighing, that we were having 45-65 mph gusts of wind, she was just happy to be harnessed. Next time, I will put her Liverpool bit on the headstall. The blinders were way to close to her face, so I was just going to walk her around the barn to see what she would do. Then just up to the house, then down the driveway, soon it was all over the neighborhood and two hours later, we were done. It was great.
(I was still adjusting to fit. The noseband was too small and never got buckled. The old snaffle is too tight in the picture, I fixed it)


  1. LOL! So she still likes to get harnessed up to pull, eh? The new dog will be big enough to draft with, so I've been looking at cart and harness plans. Knowing what I know about harnesses, I can probably cobble together one of my own. Hilarity ensues.

    Take care!

  2. My rotts pulled, but I just used a sled or a kiddie wagon, nothing serious. I desperately need to find or build a cart of some sort, it was way too much fun. Good Luck on the new dog. Horse halters work really well and are heavier duty than most dog harnesses. My big male Rott fit a draft halter and the little female fit into an average halter.
    I don't qualify for rescue dogs, so I am stuck with shelter or classifieds. The hunt for Rotts and Danes continues!