Driving Ponies

Some of you may know that Connor spent several months in Pennsylvania as a four year old with repeat customers' of his breeder learning to be a driving pony (and also getting some basic Dressage training along the way).  These customers own a gorgeous driving and rehab facility, and are some of the most well-respected names in combined driving.  Thankfully, Connor turned out not to be what they were looking for for their pair, so he came home to his breeder and eventually became mine!  This week, they posted a video of another Castleberry pony that they own, Castleberry's Crackerjack, doing a CDE water complex for the first time ever in Southern Pines last weekend - and doing it fastest out of the 17 entries in the field.  See the video here - sorry, it's on Facebook so I can't post it to the blog, but it is a public video so you all should be able to see it.


Since I know there are some driving fans in the audience and I haven't posted this video since before I owned Connor, I wanted to share the video these customers did of Connor after they had had him for a while.  In it, you can see him at liberty, being ground driven, being driven with a cart, and being ridden.  Knowing him now, his four-year-old build looks so babyish to me, but the movement is all the same.  I'd love to someday get a cart and harness and put those driving skills to work!


10 comments:

  1. So nice that you have this video from before you owned him! Love the cart footage and how high he picks up his knees.

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  2. Oh goodness, that canter in the video looks 'enthusiastic' ;) What a cute video.

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  3. Jen, did you also see CJ's cones video? It was really cool too. I think it was posted this morning on FB.

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  4. I really want to learn to drive one day, looks like so much fun!

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  5. Driving is something I've always wanted to do too. Cool video of Connor man!

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  6. I used to drive a cart when I was younger. And then I was involved in a cart accident. It's funny now but it was traumatizing then (no one was hurt / including the pony). Anyways I personally have no interest in experiencing that anymore but I think it would be hilarious to see Hue pulling a cart!

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  7. I love it! The combined driving is so cool. . .I can dream, right?
    The video of Conner is too cute! What a great video to have :)

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  8. That is so cool! I had no idea that he was trained to drive. He does look like such a baby in the video. Some day I'd love to train my future cob to drive.

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  9. cool video! It must be so nice to know that his foundation training came from such a well respected place... He looks so nice with his leg action. I want a driving pony!

    I started learning to long line my QH gelding this fall - it is kind of fun! Some day when I'm not as interested in riding, I will have a pony (or a mini) and a cart to drive around!

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  10. That's awesome! I'd love to do CDE. We've got two pretty prestigious ones here in CA. And I'm sure Mitch would rock it. His harness-brother, Mike, did a few after he was sold.

    Connor looks pretty smart between the shafts. Nice action. And you know, they never forget. Mitch went about 4 years with me before he went back into harness (I did it partly because there was some stuff going on with a girl I knew and her new horse and I needed to find some kind of outlet to distract me, and partly because Shyloh and Allison were having so much fun with theirs, and well, partly because he had the training and it was just going to waste)

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