August was a very busy month for us, starting off with Junior Camp held at Ashfields Carriage & Polo Centre. We had a great week training at the centre, working towards the selection event at the end for the 2012 Junior World Trophy. This was the first time Jasper has been to a junior camp. It was a good test for a young horse as there were plenty of things going on at once and as always, Jasper behaved like a star.
Carriage driving requires the horse or pony to have good conformation as well as perfect health. Topline and muscle tone is as important with carriage driving as it is with any other discipline – if a horse or pony is lacking topline, it will struggle to collect and will be more likely to suffer from an injury. Lack of muscle tone, particularly in the shoulder region, will prevent the horse or pony from working to its full potential, as they pull from the shoulder to get the carriage moving.