Well not quite because I’m not riding, but there are four and they are in hand!

One year ago I started carting with one of the dogs (Shine), several months later I added Brill, and months later I had Shine and Brill hitched as a team. Along the way Kodak and Nikon started and I worked Nikon in team with Brill. I got the brainy idea that it would very awesome to have all four hitched up to the cart. I’ve been working Kodak in team lately with each of the other dogs, and she’s been great. Now with all four working comfortably in teams of two it was time to give four a shot.

After a stop to vote we headed to the nearby mall and the big open parking lot. Just getting four dogs hitched was a feat in itself. The wheel dogs – Nikon and Kodak did great. Getting my lead dogs Brill and Shine harnessed and hitched up front was not quite as easy – they’ve never carted outside of the shafts or with dogs behind them in team. Once they were hitched up we took off at a nice walk! I wanted to go slow, no need to go fast with four that don’t know what they’re doing (or me never having worked four at once).

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There they are! Wheel dogs – Nikon (near), Kodak (far), and ead dogs Brill (near) and Shine (far).

There are many new things to keep on top of with four. I’ve got to keep the lead dogs in the lead – much easier said than done! The wheel dogs are used to working next to other dogs – not behind them so they are trying to rush up to the lead dogs. The lead dogs are used to being in a heal position (sort of) so if I drop back to slow the wheel dogs the lead dogs drop back. Turning is something else with a long rig like that as well.

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It’s a good thing that all four were solid in working with a cart because it could have been a disaster. We had no wrecks, the girls stop very well when asked. Their backing is not quite there as four together – but it will get there. The turns are getting better. After about and hour of working everyone was getting fairly good and becoming a good team. At one point I switched Nikon and Brill – whoa! That didn’t work well at all – goes to show that the dogs all have to be in the right order and place to make it work. Ah yes, just one more thing to do. Oh yeah – and trying to take a picture – yipes! I did set up the video on the back of the van to catch the action – maybe that will get up on Youtube later this week.

Photos taken with Nikon D200 18-200vr

One Response to “Four In Hand – Not Quite Yet”
  1. Sandy says:

    WOW Cathy!!!! How cool is that! They look great and very happy!!! You blow me away with those girls of yours:) Can’t wait to come down and join you in the fun.

    Sandy

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