Milton Drives On

I promise, I won’t make a habit of miscellaneous schooling videos, but I want to document the first few days. Below is days 2 & 3, at Stepping Stone Farm, under the watchful eye of Coach Courtney.

Day 2
Us: So now that you know what’s going to happen, are you still willing to pull a cart?
Milton: Sure!

Trotting a diagonal on day 2.

NB: Most of the head-tossing on day 2 is from Milton going mad – mad, I tell you – from the gnats attempting to carry him off, as on day 0 [Hitched!]. More fly spray & better weather on day 3.

Day 3
First cones & first equipment mishap. Handled both beautifully.

Milton’s first set of cones.

One of these things is not like the other.

The pin holding the trace to the cart broke. I mention it because Milton behaved so well. We all heard the pop. The trace flew off. Milton’s head flew up (I assume from a large leather strap hitting hit him in the leg?). Yet, Greg was able to bring Milton to a smooth, quiet stop in a stride or two. (Insert shudder for what might have happened.) Good boy!

Goals for 2017
Introduce more cones.
Introduce portable obstacles [Alvin’s Big Green Obstacle].
Introduce dressage figures.
Add britching and kicking strap to harness.
Stop borrowing Coach Kate’s fancy driving bit & get him his own FDB.
Consider switching away from his special snowflake food [Feed Adventures].
Bring on the 4-wheel cart.
K drive.
Graduate to driving at home.

Day One: Maiden Voyage!

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

6 thoughts on “Milton Drives On

  1. The videos are fun since we can see how he’s doing. Stepping Stone Farm is beautiful, too! What a good boy to handle the equipment mishap so well – I know you’re proud of him – he and Greg look great!

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