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. :/
The whip is used for correction and affection. If he rears up you strike his under belly if he shys from one side you move him over with it. If he starts backing up you put it accross his butt to get him moving forward. If he is standing nice you can tell he is being good and rub him with it. The whip is a tool that should be carried does not have to be used but should always be there if you need it.