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Date:8/19/2014 10:13:31 PM
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It's the end of another busy day. I usually drive Pippin on Saturdays without Eddie. It's our time together. Quailty bonding time. :) Well, for years he was the only horse and I think he misses going out on adventures with just me and a dog. So, Saturdays are for him. (And Melian, of course.)

Unfortunately, since today was so busy I couldn't drive him. So, I took him and Melian for a short one mile run and just got back a few minutes ago. It's a really dark, moonless night. The stars are so pretty! I love being out at night.

Eddie usually neighs when he's left behind but he didn't do it now. He never does at night. I wonder if he's adverse to midnight adventures? For his size he can be funnily timid.

Tonight I thought I'd write a bit more about driving techniques. But first, a brief account of the history of the Percheron's name.

As we learnt earlier, they are called Percherons after the Le Perche area of Normandy, France. However they were called Diligence Horses when they were used less for war and more often as powerful coach horses.

As they became more popular they were called Norman Horses, later Percheron-Norman Horses, and finally, simply Percherons.

Okay, back to driving. Many driving horses are taught to respond to the cry of "Gee" (Right) or "Haw" (Left) for changes in direction. Both Eddie and Prince are very good about that having been driven for years.

When one drives, there is no help from leg aids so along with voice commands one can use the whip. Tap it lightly on the side opposite to where you want to turn. So, if you want to turn left, say "Haw" and lightly tap the horse's right side.

Of course, the reins are a good idea too.

I use these commands with Pippin too but I have a slight variation because otherwise "haw "sounds like "car" and I taught him car from the very beginning. He knows to go to the right side and sometimes he'll do that before I even know a car is coming! Eddie is learning this too but he hasn't yet quite figured it out.

Today's video is Prince of the Puddle

I thought I'd feature Prince because he gives a great demonstration of the perfect behaviour of a driving horse encountering terrain that would have been typical when horses were our main source of transportation.

Plus he got jealous when he heard that this month was all about Eddie…
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Leaving you a vote and best wishes for a beautiful Sunday.
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