Sunday, January 10, 2010

CJ - Day Twenty!

This was only the fifth time CJ has pulled the sleigh and I'm so pleased with how well he's doing. He just headed out on the trail and pulled, no problems. Of course, there is only one way for him to go, now that the snow is deep. He has to follow the track so there's very little steering involved. But he is whoaing well without kicking and when he has to pull a little harder through a snow drift or uphill, he just leans into the collar and pulls.

My dad is still leading him off the first hundred yards or I have to try starting him myself from the driver's seat.

I've found the perfect spot to park the sleigh: under the camper overhang in the front of the hayshed. It's the last bit of cover available, but seems to be enough. The seats flip up to keep blowing snow (and the cat) off.

I'm also pleased with the fact that CJ isn't sweating at all on these outings. The route is about 45 minutes long. I thought that sweating would be a limiting factor in the sleighing because I don't have an indoor stall for him to dry off in. But, no sweat, no problem!

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