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Preparing for the Clinic

I haven’t competed for several years, but I want to be able to provide a horse and cart for mentoring.

At this point I’m not sure whether I’ll be bringing my horse Scooter, or  my Mini Pip so I’ll try to get both ready.

In my case the horses have been loafing all winter so I’ll be working them about every other day, alternating between Scooter and Pip.

Pip is new to driving having been started last fall, but she has proven to be a very willing and accommodating partner.  The only problem with her is that she is a little on the lazy side.  I expect that to change as she becomes more fit.

Scooter, on the other hand, is an old hand at competitive driving.  His issue is that he is an ‘air fern’ and gets fat over winter consuming the same feed that keeps the other horses in ‘moderate’ condition.  He needs work to get some of the fat off.  Right now his sweat becomes thick white paste and causes me to spend as much time cleaning the harness after a workout as I spend driving.

Hopefully, my alternate day schedule will resolve both issues and both horses will be ready for the clinic.

As far as the workout:

Pip goes about 2 miles, one trotting and one walking.  We are ponying her 2 yr old daughter, Scamp and Scamp wears out after about 2 miles.  I may have to work Pip more as time goes on.

Scooter goes about 7 or 8 miles at a time.  I’ll be increasing the amount of trotting as we go along and within a month we should be doing 10 to 12 miles each workout.

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