Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Photo finished

Kat got the weekend off since we are going to be taking him at the clinic this weekend, then showing him the following weekend. Two big weekends back to back. I am hoping his feet grow out some and he isn't so tenderfooted for everything coming up. Here's a few pics from the show Oct 8th, for everyone to enjoy, critique and if you look closely at my elbows, the reins and my hands you can see exactly what I spoke of in the last post.

I know everyone has been waiting for these for a while and if you have ideas or suggestions about my turnout- please by all means say something in the comments.

 
 

I need to bend my elbows and drive him up into the bridle more. 



This one is probably one of my favorite pictures so far. He has the reach and now he needs bell boots...

Coming into the lineup...

The judge walking around us.

 
 
 
 





I admit, my braiding was not all that great this time around.



His first blues in driving. We are on our way...

9 comments:

Mikey said...

Congratulations! You both look fantastic!

Kaede said...

Waay off topic, but hasn't your babies 3rd birthday just passed? How are they doing?

fernvalley01 said...

Looking good. I see what you mean about your elbows I think , looks almost like you were reaching now and then

phaedra96 said...

I would check the fit of the breast collar, seems to me a hole or two high. Looks like it is hitting him right at the windpipe. I also would work on him stopping square, all four feet in line. Otherwise, it all looks good and you know what to work on!!

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

What a little cutie-patootie!

Good for you guys!!

Cut-N-Jump said...

Mikey & BEC's- Thanks. We're getting there...

Kaede- Yup! They turned three about 2 weeks ago and are growing like weeds!

FV- Reaching? Yes, yes I am in a few shots. Which is one of the things I like about pictures. There's no denying it. Proof positive you are doing something right or wrong.

Phaedra- I have one hole left on both sides to drop the breastcollar down. From there it would be removing and replacing the straps... (at this point, that will have to wait until after the show next weekend.)

At the Darby, Gary who did the safety check mentioned dropping the tugs a little more. That was before I punched two more holes in the straps for that. I have one hole left. Since he is one of the gentlemen putting on the clinic this weekend- I will be bringing my leather punch and sewing kit to make whatever further adjustments need be. I am also bringing a pen and notebook to write down anything further needing work that we can't do there. I will be soooooo glad when it is finally ALL fit to him.

Amish Stories said...

That cart reminds me of what the Amish use to early train the youth on handling a full size buggy. I also noticed those mountains in the back ground, very cool surroundings. Richard from Amish Stories.

phaedra96 said...

I know what you mean about the straps, seems one size fits all never truly fits anyone!! Maybe if you have a local harness maker(we all have one, right?); he could make a strap to add in when you need a little more length and remove it if it needs shortened. It would have a buckle on one end and holes punched in the other. Am I making sense? I had to have two different belly bands made for my draft harness--one set for the Fjords, the other for the Percheron mares. The harness adjusted well in all other areas but that!

Cut-N-Jump said...

Richard- A lot of drivers start horses in two wheeled carts. It is just safer that way. Those are just the 'foothills' in the background, but we do have plenty of mountains around here and the sunsets can be amazing...

Phaedra- like a splice? Makes perfect sense to me. For some events that might be fine, others- not a chance.

The tack I used on Pi- let it all out for her. But put it on him- take it all the way up. Funny thing is, he is two inches taller than she was. I have just come to expect that everything needs alterations for him. Something, somehow, somewhere, but it needs to be reconfigured for him. Just my luck.