*Chilipepper Twist, January 2007

Driving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Cinnamon-Sugar Twist, January 2007

Big-horse people often ask, "So what can you do with a miniature horse?" My favorite answer is: driving! Minis make great driving horses. They are competing in combined driving events (CDEs) as well as in a variety of driving classes at the mini breed shows, including obstacle driving and pleasure driving for singles and multiples. They are smart, easy to train and handle, and very strong for their size. Curly horses are well known for their intelligence, calmness, and trainability. Miniature-curly crosses have the best of both breeds--you couldn't ask for a better pleasure-driving horse! I plan to train all of our horses to drive, for two reasons: it's really fun and it shows off their talent as "using" horses.

I started driving in 2005, when I took Pepper to Patty Cloke's training stable in Sultan, WA. We are very lucky to live so close to Patty, as she is one of the best mini driving trainers in the U.S. In 2006, I took Sugar to Patty to learn single driving, and in 2007 we hitched Pepper and Sugar together as a pair. Below are photos of our progress. See show pictures of Pepper and Sugar here.

In 2009, my two stallions were trained to drive and I showed them at the WSPC show. Click here to go to Skipper's driving page. Click here to go to Twister's driving page.

 

The Curly Pony Pair 2007

  
March 3, 2007 - the girls' second time out with the wagonette and my first time driving a pair.
 

   

June 2, 2007 - taking the girls out for a drive down the road.

June 15, 2007 - our first show! See more photos on the Show page.


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