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Date:7/22/2014 5:51:48 AM
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Today was great! I was so surprised to see Pippin in the spotlight. I didn't realize it had been a year since he last won. For those of you who asked, this is his 9th win. Yes, it's true! We've been on the HC since 2007 and back in the first year HOTD was not limited to once a year. So, we won it 3x in 2007. Cool, huh?

Thanks so much for your congratulations. Pippin is a great little horse and I love him.

I am running Eddie for horse of the month this month and would love if you would stop by daily with a vote for his page. Here's his blog for today. I've posted each of his daily blogs on his page. Stop by and check them out.

I wanted to take both Eddie and Pippin out but it seemed that no one else (human) was coming with me. I didn't really feel up to ponying one from the cart since I do it by driving with one hand and holding the other horse with other. And I felt kind of tired which wasn't a good way to start something like that.

So, I had a brilliant brain wave. Why not drive them together? I've been pondering this for awhile but have never got around to figuring out how it might work.

Today was the day to do something about it and stop my pondering! :) I put half of Pippin's harness on him and his halter. I attached his halter by a lead rope to the front of the right shaft. I attached his harness to the ring on the back of the right shaft.

So far so good. One of my friends finally showed up so she hopped in the cart too.

We started out at a walk. Pippin was terrified. The back rope was a bit tight so after a few steps I halted and jumped out to rearrange him and give him a bit more rope.

Pippin and I have this understanding. If I say "calm" or "it's okay" he believes me. As I loosened the rope I told him that and he calmed down.

After climbing back into the cart I clicked and we went a few more steps. By that time Pippin was no longer afraid but ready to go.

The drive was amazing. The day was sunny but not as hot as it has been. We went about 6 miles and the boys seemed to love each other's close company. Now that I know it works so well I'm going to think up a better way to do it.

I thought I'd use reins for Pippin but it's unnecessary. He was paying very close attention to my every word. When I told Eddie to trot Pippin was already trotting to ensure he'd keep up. When I said "Whoa" Pippin was ready to stop as soon as Eddie had. They are such a cute pair!

I wanted to film a little bit of their first drive as a team but my camera battery was almost dead. I got a few seconds which I uploaded to YouTube.

Here's the link! I hope you enjoying coming along for the ride!

Leaving a vote for you and best wishes for the new week.
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