the back of the horse) to keep Pippin from clamping his tail.
We did this for the 2nd driving lesson and Pippin carried his tail very nicely and seemed comfortable.... except, when we worked him his left hind would not extend as far as his right. Without the crupper in place this shortened movement is barely noticeable. I've made an appointment with an equine chiropractor and will share what I know later!
I began to focus on driving Doc and we have had some great workouts! Well, perhaps he doesn't think getting sweaty and wet is so neat! Ever since Doc bolted with me I have decided that he may not be safe to drive. However, I've often thought that driving him in a team with Pippin might still be feasible. I'd like to have the horses pull the drag harrow and manure spreader in the pasture. Nothing fancy and nothing fast! I talked to the clinician about this. I asked him if I was inviting double trouble by driving my 'bolter' with Pippin. He said I might only be asking for half the trouble.... which was what I was thinking. He explained that he has had some horses that function well in a team situation because they have the other horse there with them. They are not as likely to look for trouble and if they do react, the other horse's lack of reaction defuses the situation. So, I'll give Pippin some lighter work until we have his situation figured out and focus more on Doc over the next few weeks. As always, your comments or insight are always welcome!
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