Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Babystepping towards driving--need advice
I've been thinking about training my 5yo QH to drive after he's finished training as a riding horse. He is calm and sane, Red Dunn, 15'2hh, well built, and doggone it, I think he'd look great driving! I tried
driving with another QH, now passed on, many years ago. That horse was 17yo. He handled the breaking cart allright, and you could lead him anywhere pulling weight in it, but I gave up after he got scared of my buggy. (The 4-wheeled buggy has been sold.) I talked to several Amish harness shops there and a buggy shop in the Amish community about one hour away from us. They all agreed that I should get my horse fitted to a Collar, and use that instead of a breastplate harness. Any thoughts? I'm interested in your opinion bc my QH is young, and that gives me plenty of time to break him to it. I intend to start long-lining him this winter, with no particular time deadline in mind--I just want to proceed from goal to goal with him, and keep him comfortable.
I don't own a harness right now, but I do own a wooden breaking cart, which has been stored well.
ANY driving advice would be appreciated! Thanks! =D