My dad used to run a long lead from the horse's halter, out through the front of the trailer, back to his hand. Then he would stand beside and to the rear of the horse and crack a buggy whip behind them. Every time the horse moved forward, he took up the slack; the pulley effect and friction meant the horse could never back up. Eventually, they got in the trailer, only to find tasty grain in the feed tray. I never saw it take more than twice, and usually only once, before you could lead the horse to the trailer, throw the lead rope over its neck, and have it get into the trailer without issue. 

I take that back; there was one old mare, a 21-year old Standard Bred, that reared up and put her front hooves on top of the trailer rather than go in. At that point, Dad gave up, soothed her down, and put her back out to pasture.

On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Eowyth þa Siðend <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Put his feed & hay in the trailer. ;-) He'll go on eventually! *hugs* To the Murph-man. Sorry he's still being a pain.


On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM, Heather Hillhouse <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This sounds awesome!  Now if I can just get Murphy into the $&/#@@$ trailer. Attempt #7251 commencing in 3....2.....1....

On Aug 13, 2014 4:57 PM, "Eowyth þa Siðend" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Greetings all!

The course and scoring has been finalized. For those going for the FULL amount of points, I've also decided to give homage to THL Katrin's 60 Challenge in honor of Toke's birthday. Total amount of points that one can receive will be 60!

PLEASE NOTE: There are many PRE-Challenge elements to this activity. Some of you may ask, "Why?" So I'll tell you here:

As one of the King's Huscarls, Queen's Fyrdmen, and member of the Calontir Cavalry, I feel it's my duty and honor to showcase and encourage the equestrian activities throughout the Heartland. And that can't be done just in competitions on the field. It requires engaging those that might not even realize there _IS_ a Cavalry in attendance! Which is why points are being given for bringing someone other than yourself to the field, as well as a heraldic intro (or supplication to the Crown) to be voiced in front of the spectators that are in attendance! Bring your banners and your flowing caparisons (or sturdy leather barding, as the case may be) and join us for the Processional around camp (where you might just find your groom or spectator). 

(Horse not required to participate in the Processional, but you might get tired of walking -we'll be going around the site announcing the start of the challenge.)

And so - Here is the Greco-Persian Challenge:

Contact me with ANY Questions and I look forward to seeing everyone in 9 days!​

Ever in Service,

THL Eowyth  þa Siðend

On Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM, Eowyth þa Siðend <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Announcing A Greco-Persian Equestrian Challenge for Cattle Raids!

It is now in your hands to enslave Athens or make her free, and thereby leave behind for all posterity a memorial such as not even Harmodius and Aristogeiton left. Now the Athenians have come to their greatest danger since they first came into being, and, if we surrender, it is clear what we will suffer when handed over to Hippias. But if the city prevails, it will take first place among the Greek cities.

– Herodotus, The Histories

About the Challenge: The theme for Cattle Raids 2014 is the Greco-Persian Wars between the Achaemenid Empire of Persia and the Greek city-states from 499 – 449 BC.  Cavalry were an important part of that conflict.  The elements of this challenge are mostly taken from On the Cavalry Commander, a book by the Greek writer Xenophon (430 – 354 BC).

The Prizes: The prizes for this challenge will be contributed by the entrants.  As Xenophon wrote:

And if you could offer prizes to the regiments for skill in all the feats that the public expects the cavalry to perform at the spectacles, I think this would appeal strongly to the spirit of emulation in every Athenian.  For evidence of this I may refer to the [Greek plays], in which many labours and heavy expenses are the price paid for trifling rewards.

We encourage everyone to heed Xenophon’s words: No trifling rewards!  :-)

The Course: A full description and course diagram will be posted online shortly, but the course includes a procession, heraldry (so start working on your intro now! and pull out those banners!), maneuvering on horseback, javelin throwing, simulated polo, bonus points for riding the course bareback, and more!

TO RESERVE A STALL (or if you have any Questions): Contact the Honorable Lady Eowyth þa Siðend at [log in to unmask]

The Honorable Lady Katrin Bjarnarsdottir will also be hosting an Evening Tournament! More details and a full schedule to be posted as plans are completed.

In Service,

THL Eowyth

þa Siðend
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