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Date:7/29/2014 5:29:50 PM
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How are you doing? I'm sorry I haven't written for a few days. Tiny's birthday was on Monday last week and then she won dog of the day. I had 4 pages of her blogs to answer and this week has been so busy.

Jake sounds really pretty. You should post a photo of him too. And that's really neat that Bomber jumped on a lead for you. Pippin will do that too.

Last night I took Pippin out with the cart and Melian ran alongside. I've only tried this a couple of times before. Actually, only once without a group of people there. Well, both of them were just perfect.

They both obeyed everything I told them and Melian didn't pull on the lead but just ran nicely alongside. Pippin knows that when I say car that he has to go to the far right side and he'll do that automatically. I only have to say it once and he's there.

Well, I want Melian to automatically jump into the cart when a car comes. It is much safer there. The first time I tried to make her do that she absolutely did not want to do it. She pulled back and panicked. I thought that it was going to take me several training sessions to make this work but last night everytime I said car and then stopped Pippin she came right over and jumped into the cart with no hesitation whatsoever. She is pretty amazing and once she understands what I want she'll do it.

Tonight I took them again and a friend rode her bike. Pippin loves following bikes and sometimes he tries to bite them. So he was really eager to go and at several points we were galloping and Melian was easily running alongside. She did get a little carried away. The faster we went the more she growled in excitement. And the more she growled the faster Pippin went.

I thought that it might be hard to control, one hand with the reins, the other with the lead, but Pippin listened nicely and slowed down. Melian still needs to learn the quiet command. I guess we need to work on that. It takes some concentration to control the reins and a lead. I don't know how one drives a huge team of horses. That's a lot of rein.

And there's one more thing about the cart ride. Twice Melian needed to go potty while we were in the middle of a fast trot. Well, she doesn't give any warning but just suddenly stops and squats. Pippin was so good that he stopped instantly on my whoa and there wasn't even any pull on Melian's collar from the lead. He's a pretty good boy.

I rode Prince on Thursday. There were a couple of men there taking photos of my sister and me riding. Their owner wanted a photo of Prince jumping but he absolutely would not jump. He walked over them a few times and jumped a ground pole a couple of times but that was it. I think he may have been a little spooked because they were there. I guess it's a good thing we aren't expecting to showjump him!

Here's a vote for the Bomber boy. I hope you had a great weekend and I'm wishing you a wonderful week.
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