Time for a update on the little pony! a while ago (3-4 months?) I got into the habit of ground driving her more regularly, but then winter came, and I stopped but recently, I found her old buggy hidden away in the falling down shed…
and… now she is back in work! hehe. before I used the buggy again, I wanted to clean/sand/re-paint it for sure. and odvi I needed to work with pony a bit… but Lilliput has been great! and I sanded the buggy, then started re-painting. while the buggy was originally black, I wanted something a little more fun! like red. so I had my mom and sister pick up two cans of spray paint for me. two cans should have covered the buggy. right? NOPE. turns out, two cans is NOT enough. I actually needed five cans. but It’s finely done. and looks a lot better. And the wheels also got a fresh coat of paint lol.
unfortunately, the innertube of one of the wheels is broken… so I have to fix that. but other then that, it’s ready to go! as for Lilliput, she’s been awesome lately. she has never been a huge fan of her driving bridle… so I’m switching some things up, to see if she likes it better. she has a bitless bridle, but she’s uncontrollable in it. lol… and then she has her driving bridle, with a bit. but she does not like the blinders on her driving bridle… or the bit for that matter 🙂 so I pulled the check pieces off her driving bridle (they had the blinkers on them) and put the check pieces from her bitless on the driving bridle instead. then I took the nose band from her BL bridle, (lets start calling them D bridle and BL bridle) and put in on the D bridle… the nose band from the BL bridle has the side pull, so I used “bit converters” aka Maren’s homemade bit converters made out of bailers twine. To connect the bit with the side pull. Haha.
and bingo! She goes great in it. The other day I gave just the BL one last try, but, alas, I got dragged all over the place. Last Tuesday, I used just the D bridle with the bit. But she was super sensitive, and since I can’t go *kick kick* I want something that lets her pull into my hands a bit so that I’m not constantly clucking. It didn’t work that way with the bit, and with the BL it was waaaayyyyyy to much pulling into my hands. But with the converters, perfect! She’s pulling lightly into my hands, stops and goes super easy, and without the blinkers she doesn’t fuss with her head much.
So hopefully, I’ll be able to fix that innertube soon… and attached the pony to the cart!! I’m getting quite excited.🥳
but. Of course, we happen to have a major problem… Lilliput’s harness has started falling apart on me. #whenyoudon’tcleanyourtackfor3years
Ugh. The girth broke awhile back(she never used it though, she needed a COB sized girth. 😳 Yes she’s super fat) while I was cleaning it I might add. I was scrubbing the buckle, and POP! The leather snapped and the buckle flew across the room. And just the other day, when I was ground driving the pony, we were heading towards the barn, the all of a sudden, one of the rein terrets (I think that’s what it’s caled?) popped off! What?!? So… now I somehow need to find her a new harness. I feel fine ground driving in this one, worse case scenario something brakes and we stop. But I wouldn’t feel comfortable attaching a buggy with me in it into this harness… a new harness is now a must. Depending on how nice a one I want… they can range from $100(awful cheap things) to $6,000(super fancy show ones) I found a couple possibilities, but everything seems to be in the US… so I’d have to pay the price change to Canadian, then extra shipping, then duty. Which limits my searching to somewhere in Canada. I’ve found a couple harness stores, but everything is $600-2,500. Waaaayyy out of my price range. ($100-250 lol) the only cheaper option I’ve found is a Tough 1 miniature driving harness, which I’ve heard some VERY bad reviews about, some unknown brand off of Amazon… or a harness from a tack store that doesn’t say the brand of the harness. Or I could spend $650, and get a “nice” harness, but I don’t have the money to buy something like that. Especially since she won’t be showing. I just need a good quality harness to fit a 9.1ish hh pony that is under preferably under $200, $300 MAX if it’s pretty😁. (I’d be splitting the cost with my sister lol) any ideas where to look? There’d be much appreciated!😁