Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
Your getting some very good advice from those who have experience with driving under their belt, with length, build, and what you need to do. I would like to add, because you are new to driving and want to start...get a cart first before you go into a 4 wheeled vehicle.
A cart is much easier to drive and learn on. If your horse decides to shy, to bolt or to do something silly, as they sometimes are prone to do, and even the best trained horse has an off day, you can get yourself out of trouble in a cart quicker. It moves with the horse, your going to have to worry about tipping a 4 wheeled vehicle over as, even with an udercut, it can happen.
Carts tend to be lighter, and this is my humble opinion, than 4 wheeled vehicles. You can find a nicely balanced one and just enjoy yourself.
When you begin to look for someone to teach you, ensure that they have the experience and time behind the lines, get some driving books, learn what things are, know the difference between the traces for fine driving vs the traces with chain for work harness. Most of all, be alert and have fun.