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        02-21-2010, 11:51 AM
      #11
    Showing
    Wow, he's filled out! It looks like you're doing a great job with him. I really can't offer any helpful comments as I don't know the first thing about driving.
         
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        02-21-2010, 05:39 PM
      #12
    Zab
    Yearling
    Thanks for all comments and advice :)
         
        02-23-2010, 12:42 PM
      #13
    Showing
    What a gorgeous little horse! Don't remember seeing him before. He's a stunner. The cart is beautiful as well

    Can't wait to see pictures once he's started
         
        03-05-2010, 03:50 AM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Zab    
    Yeah, as I said, we'll be practicing much more before hitching the cart :) And we'll start using my harness once my friend has helped fitting it for him.
    Saddle..is that the back-thingy with the rings on it? I don't think I can place it further back, it moves forward when tightened I believe..I could try... :/ I think it's behind the withers, like a riding saddle should be, but I'll have to check that IRL before I swear on it..

    He's had the eyepatch bridle on but I'm not sure I want to use it. For one I must have a bit with it (he has a cavesson with a non-jointed nose iron now), and when he's at this age he'll get teeth issues, and also... I just don't see a point on a horse that's not trying to look at everything and get unfocused.. in my mind it must be better to just get him used to seeing everything behind him without minding it.. on another forum I got the explanation that they're used so the horse won't react from the whip before they should but I fail to see that as a good reason. :/

    I always thought the reason for using blinkers is so, the horse/pony does not see the cart folowing... if it can see the cart behind and steps forward, the cart will follow and it may feel like its being stalked/ chased causing it to spook and maybe even bolt!!! Just something to be aware of
         
        03-07-2010, 09:56 AM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smudger    
    i always thought the reason for using blinkers is so, the horse/pony does not see the cart folowing... if it can see the cart behind and steps forward, the cart will follow and it may feel like its being stalked/ chased causing it to spook and maybe even bolt!!! Just something to be aware of
    In my exp. Driving with or without blinkers varys on your horse's tempermant. If you can train a horse to drive without blinkers the horse seems to trust and respect the driver a lot more.
         
        03-07-2010, 10:57 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    In my experience the blinders are worn as much for the driver as the horse,basically when driving [especially on roads]you don,t want your horse to see more then you,and if you have control over how much he sees,you are in a better position to control him shoul anything unexpected happen,i know you see adverts saying bombproof believe me there is no such thing,and if something scares a horse as long as he can see it he will run
         
        03-09-2010, 06:40 PM
      #17
    Zab
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smudger    
    i always thought the reason for using blinkers is so, the horse/pony does not see the cart folowing... if it can see the cart behind and steps forward, the cart will follow and it may feel like its being stalked/ chased causing it to spook and maybe even bolt!!! Just something to be aware of
    Well..isn't that why we're training them for the task? :P To get them used to and accepting?

    ....
    In response to all: I still don't really want the blinders. A horse isn't more bombproof with them than without them, as long as it's trained the same way it's driven. My friend who's helping me with this doesn't think I need them either, and he's just not a very spooky or difficult horse as such.

    Thanks for all nice comments about him :) For those who hasn't seen him or doeasn't recognize him, this is how he looked last time I posted in here, when I just bought him:


    So he has changed a bit :)
         
        03-16-2010, 11:25 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    That's so fun! I just recently learned to drive with a team of percherons and I keep working on it and I plan on showing a half-arab driving this summer. It's so fun to drive them!
         
        03-24-2010, 07:03 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Good luck he seems to be taking to it nicely we usually use a tire and get the horse to drag that at first. As for the blinkers its entirely on the drivers preference, we use blinkers with our horses because they don't seem to mind and some of them (hob-knob and whiskey) tend to have a nosey bout without them so it would put them off balance a bit if they tried to turn to see something in the harness and rubber bits are good for younger driving horses.
    I've seen images where there would be a saddle and a harness where the driver would actually ride the horse
         
        03-28-2010, 03:58 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I thought the blinders/blinkers are (mostly) so the horse doesn't spook at the big monster with round feet chasing them... But if your horse doesn't need them, then I don't see why you should have to use them.

    My horse, however, is a lot calmer With them.

    Personal and animal's preference.

    Looking good.
         

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