Originally Posted by Corporal
I'm wanting MY QH to drive. I'm planning on saving up and shipping him to my Amish farrier for drive training next year. I want him to be safe enough for his 10yo son to drive before I get him back, again. Since he knows my horse I should get what I want!
Seriously, driving is so different from riding. IMHO, you have to trust your horse MORE when driving that when riding bc you sit full behind him when he pulls.
Any horse that trots can drive well and QH's make excellent driving horses. The trot pulls evenly, whereas the cart/carriage will jerk when the horse canters while driving.
It really depends on several different things Corporal. I have let, but not very often, my Percherons to canter up a hill if it is steep, and in some vehicles I got the jerk that you speak of, where others I did not. It also has to do with the tugs that are attached to the swingletree.
As for the trust, that goes both ways. You have to trust the animal in front of you and they have to trust you to keep them out of harm or not ask them to do something that isn't safe. I have complete trust in my team and it is an awesome feeling, they have never let me down, they work hard and I can't tell you the feeling I get when we do a good day of teaching or driving.