Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Far North Queensland
• Horses: 0
Hi, this is just my 2 bobs worth, one is he isn't going to go in harness and be safe. You have to know when a horse won't be good/safe in harness and he is not a harness horse. Good horsemen know when they meet a animal that is not going to make it in a field, he may be great at something else. Being mean and rough does not make a confident horse at anything, there's alway's a fear factor.
I have had about 7 ponies in harness and no problems/ well ones that were sorted out. Have also evented for about 10 or more years before that.
Also I have had one like yours I perservered for 12 months, he would drag anything behind him, while I was driving him on ground, but he couldn't not handle shafts been put on him or buggy behind him, would bolt over everyone and anything. Did go on to be a good riding horse.
Thing is he would never be safe or even reasonable, to drive. So I went on to do more driving and more ponies in harness that enjoyed being driven. And he went on to a life that suited him better.
You do meet somethings in life that can't be changed, recognise it and get on with what you do best, and enjoy.