Well, this overnight rain has taken away the last little bit of snow we had. We can still operate the Christmas wagons, though!
Carriage rides through Bear Lake’s Sparkling Park happen on Saturdays in December. While we got rained out two of the four Saturdays, we hope to be back next year!
Our horses have enough life experience we feel comfortable trying different things. This is our first attempt at a 4-up hitch, using a rope & pulley system. We had good success and learned a lot in the process. Hannah is not a good leader, but Haylee is. Fergus might make a better leader, and Finn is a great wheel horse (closest to wagon). We’ll be switching them around the next attempt!
Fergus & Finn were hired to do several movie scenes in a Western called Warpath, set to release early next summer.
It was quite the adventure- a new experience that began with trying new things. The very first was the overhead picket line. With nowhere on the movie set to keep these two mischievous boys out of trouble for the night, we sent the production manager to the Home Depot for ratchet straps. With hay in front of them, it worked well, and now we know we can use this system anywhere we go! Another thing we learned was to take some of our own water with us, treated city water is only good for playing in and sloshing out of the buckets!
The second new experience was steel wheels on gravel and the banging those older wooden wagons can make on rough ground. We practiced both the night before and the morning of shooting. The first couple hundred feet were a bit exciting as the boys acclimated to the noise, but settled down nicely. Angel did most of the driving, being more agile and flexible, I was the ground handler and Kyle was our go-get-stuff guy.
The day of filming started with some quick driving lessons for the actor & actress as they rehearsed their lines for the day.
We did practice runs in preparation of filming.
Shhhh… They finally gave us a radio with strict instructions- when you hear them call ACTION- Stop and BE QUIET- When they call CUT- you can do whatever you like!
We did a fair amount of standing around and waiting…to which Finn lost patience with eventually…
Angel would hunker down under the wagon seat to assist Conner with the line handling and controlling the horses.
At the end of the long day, everyone happily got into the horse trailer and we headed home. It was a day to remember. There’s no guarantee these film clips will be included or end up in the editing room trash bin, but we’ll go see the movie premier when it’s released and let you know!
We took the opportunity while there was some soft snow/cushion, to give the geldings Fergus and Finn a test ride. While driving is their first job, we’re not going to limit them to driving as their only job! Angel accepted the challenge to climb aboard and see how they would handle themselves. It was a success!
We helped the Kaleva Historian by giving a tour around town past historical sites including the Kaleva Bottle House, during Kaleva Days. The weather was just right, and we learned a lot about the history of Kaleva Michigan while we were out doing our most favorite thing, driving horses!
Fergus and Finn spent Saturday at the Rex Dobson Ruby Ellen Farm in Leelanau, pretending to be working horses. At only three years of age, we want to be careful we don’t over work growing joints and cartilage. We don’t own a horse-drawn plow, but we have a stone boat. The Ruby Ellen Farm field was lacking in stones to pick up, so we picked up our helper instead. Good job boys!