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    11-15-2011, 01:12 PM
  #11
Weanling
I,ve a bowtop waggon with a wind on brake,and a four wheel dray without one,but yes I,d agree all four wheelers should have them especially if your pulling weight
     
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    11-15-2011, 01:32 PM
  #12
Trained
Thanks. Do you need the brakes bc it's too much of a strain for the horse? I'm asking bc the 4-wheeled buggy that my other (now passed on) QH became frightened of didn't have brakes. It was VERY lightweight--we used to pull it ourselves, like a rickshaw.
This is really encouraging me to start long-lining my QH asap. I have a turnout/grazing pasture that is 250' x 310'. (I had to measure it for my new fencing in 2008.) My 5 acre property is flat as a board, so I have a great fenced in area to practice with my breaking cart.
ALSO, how do you desensitize for noises behind your horse?
     
    11-20-2011, 04:39 AM
  #13
Weanling
The more expensive two wheeled carts do have brakes. They are handy for holding the cart back going down steep hills. You can buy the deluxe deep vee biothane breast collar from Chicumen tack for a very reasonable price.
     
    11-20-2011, 05:29 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Thanks. Do you need the brakes bc it's too much of a strain for the horse? I'm asking bc the 4-wheeled buggy that my other (now passed on) QH became frightened of didn't have brakes. It was VERY lightweight--we used to pull it ourselves, like a rickshaw.
This is really encouraging me to start long-lining my QH asap. I have a turnout/grazing pasture that is 250' x 310'. (I had to measure it for my new fencing in 2008.) My 5 acre property is flat as a board, so I have a great fenced in area to practice with my breaking cart.
ALSO, how do you desensitize for noises behind your horse?
brakes are handy,you use them to help your horse really ,especially a green broke one,going downhill you can apply it to stop the cart pushing the horse forward,going uphill you can apply it if the horse naps[stops]to stop it pulling him bacwards,they are also good for teaching him/her to stop and stand at road ends,traffic lights roundabouts etc
     
    11-21-2011, 08:58 AM
  #15
Showing
Don't think about the problems you had with the first horse. My arab had a problem with the blind bridle because he couldn't relax with the noise behind him. Much better with an open bridle, once he realized the cart wasn't ready to pounce on him.
     
    11-22-2011, 12:21 PM
  #16
Trained
Thanks! This is GREAT advice, guys--I really appreciate it. In my study I've noticed that pretty much the BEST trained horses are the ones that are driven bc you really have to trust them. I like the open bridle, too. Can you link me some pics of your horses and rigs. I enjoyed the ones that churumbeque posted, but I think it would help me and the thread. I had a renewed interest in driving after looking through the pics from the Pan Am games last year in Lexington, KY.
Besides long-lining, do you all have any lunging exercises that are specific to driving?
     

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