Driving a Morris

I am getting Morris ready for long-reining. It is now two weeks since Morris has been in training with the bridle and bit: or to put it more accurately, he has had just four sessions. Thanks to Cait, who has experience with horses and did the first few sessions putting the bit into Morris’s mouth, the first stage was completed without too much panic. Now it is possible to get the bit in straight away, as Morris knows what to expect.

This video shows how well he is doing. In fact, I was holding the reins with one hand while taking this film, and Morris was behaving exceptionally well. He even gets a cheer from the other three donkeys at the end of the walk!

The plan is to get Morris trained to pull the cart, then I can attach two more donkeys behind the cart and take them all for a walk at the same time. It’s early days yet, but Morris is learning fast.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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4 Responses to Driving a Morris

  1. grace says:

    wow, he’s such a good boy!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    I know! It was a quite unexpected easy run with him. Credit to my friend Cait who did all the preliminary work getting him used to the bit. I’ll have him rigged up to the cart very soon I think.

  3. Alys says:

    A trusty little Morris Minor!

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    I haven’t blogged it because I had no photos, but I attached Morris to the cart yesterday and he pulled it – on long reins – for the whole length of the dust track by the side of the house. He’s not yet very good at judging the side clearance and nearly turned the cart over by pulling me up the bank at the side of the path… A slightly dangerous moment. But, on reflection, I’d rather be killed by Morris in an accident than by my murderous family through deliberately inflicted stress. 🙂

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