Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wednesday Whinnies - A Boy at Work!


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?


16 comments:

  1. #1 is right. You do look like your father. In no time at all you would be able to do some amazing things.

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  2. It sounds like your training is going very well! Keep up the great work :)

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  3. You sure were working hard!!!!

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  4. What fun Vidock. Nothing better than playing in a big sand box. You look just like your daddy
    Lily & Edward

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  5. Intersting to learn how the horses are trained to adjust to pulling weight behind them! Vidock, you are a "quick study"! And yes, you are just as handsome as your look alike father :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

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  6. great work Vidock!! and you do look very much like your father :)

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  7. You DO look lots like your dad, Vidock! Great work you're doing!

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  8. Dood! Impressive! You worked so hard we three kitties are exhausted. NAP TIME.

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  9. Une dure vie de labeur qui commence Vidock .... je plaisante !
    C'est vrai que la ressemblance est frappante.
    Bonne soirée.
    Nat à Chat

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  10. You do, Vidock. You and your Daddy are obviously just that...father and son! Violette looks sweet hanging out over there watching.

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  11. You are doing very well with your training Vidock, and yes you do look like your dad.

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  12. Vidock, you handled that training very well - good job!!! And yes, indeed, you look just like your father - two handsome guys.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  13. Vidock you are coming along quite well. You look like you are calming down well with weight to pull. You are as handsome as your dad too!
    Marty's Mom

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  14. Vidock, you are doing so well! And you do look like your handsome dad. You will make an excellent working horse - maybe soon you can help #1 clear some of that hedge debris left by the imbeciles......

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  15. You do look like your dad! Both very handsome!! It is so much fun reading all about your training adventures! Your tire puts the one Chrome pulled to shame hehe. I wonder if he could pull a big tractor tire if he slowly built up to it. Too bad we don't have a nice sand arena to work in.. I should probably stick with a regular tire. :)

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