Vidock: Neeeeighs, Everyone! I Hope you aren't getting bored with me. I promised that I would tell you a little more about my recent training, so here goes.
The work collar that I tried for the first time on Saturday is something that is used when we horses have to pull heavy loads. So that is what you see when a horse is ploughing, or logging, or in the big six or eight-horse hitches. It's a big deal to try one for the first time as some horses find it strange and uncomfortable, but I felt as though I had been born to it (which I have!).
Here is Mr. E adjusting the harness:
We went into the sand school and, at first, it was just the collar, harness and swingle tree:
Then, Ms. S picked up the chain at the back of the swingle tree, to give it a little resistance:
After that, Mr. E added a smallish tire so that I could feel something dragging on the ground behind me:
And lastly, he put on a big, heavy tire so I had the combination of resistance and weight:
I thought it was pretty cool, and I can't wait for my next lesson!
And It was fun to have the girls watching me as I worked. Can you see Violette in this photo?
Her turn is also going to come although she has already tried a collar, I am told, and was really great with it.
After all that work, I got the full spa treatment from Mr. E!
Here is something cool to finish with. As I worked, #1 kept saying how much I looked like my Daddy, Orgueil. So when she went home, she made this collage. My Daddy is on the left and I am on the right. What do you think?