If any of you have the cannel RFD TV I would seriously suggest watching the "Training Mules and Donkeys" show about training them to drive. That method does carry over to horses.
As someone said in the opening of the show, "Riding and Driving are two totally different things. Compare Riding to driving a car, and Driving to flying an air plane". You need instruction to remain safe.
There is so much more that you have to be aware of with driving. One thing to consider is your horse is handicapped by the blinkers. If the cart flips, or you don't hook your horse correctly, or many other things, you are asking for disaster.
At the World Championships last year, the cart slipped foreward when they were going into the ring, and the horse freaked out. The driver came out of the buggy, and the horse ran off out of control. He eventually hit head first into the end gate and broke his neck and his shoulder and had to be put to sleep in the ring. This horse was READY else he wouldn't have been at that show. Due to an unexpected occurrance, he died.
Last Friday, a very well known professional carriage driver died in a carriage accident, and one other person suffered serious injuries. This lady was very well known, and knew what she was doing. It just proves that even though you have done and seen it all, terrible things can happen. It was such a tragic loss.
Do be careful with driving. There is so much more that can go wrong.
Something that happened to me a couple of years ago at the World Championships. I was working a hackney pony in the ring the night before our class. As I went around the turn, I saw a Road Horse Coming down the ramp into the ring. Without thinking I went to turn, and simply said "Whoa." My pony, being voice trained, slid to a stop, and I ended up in the basket. It was incredibly funny. My parents, my sisters, the pony's trainer, and the guy driving the road horse were all laughing at me. I was laughing too, because I had no idea what had just happened.
Don't wear slick pants with a voice trained pony.