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    06-06-2014, 11:11 PM
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Weanling
driving safety

Hi, we are going to start driving my granddaughters pony fairly soon I hope.When we do start driving what safety measures are needed for the driver and the pony? I just can't recall at the moment seeing anyone wear helmets when driving.You still have a head and accidents can happen? I used to drive a pony when I was a kid but those were pre-helmet days and that pony was mostly good but he did haul butt and turn the cart over a time or two. What are the most common driving injuries? Thanks guys.
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    06-07-2014, 12:27 AM
  #2
Green Broke
The number one rule is...

NEVER take the bridle off while the horse is hooked to the vehicle..
Under any circumstances.

I never leave my horse unattended while hooked up, even tied. If I forgot my helmet or whip in the tackroom and my horse was hooked, I would completely unhook him get what I forgot then hook back up.

Always carry a whip and always wear a helmet
     
    06-07-2014, 02:26 AM
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Weanling
Thanks, That hadn't even crossed my mind yet but makes o perfect sense. Forewarned is fore-armed.
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    06-07-2014, 04:57 PM
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Started
Always have your cell phone on YOU, not in the cart. If you get pitched out, you need to be able to call for help.

I always wear a helmet, driving or riding.

Practice a routine to get the horse to the carriage, and do it the SAME, every time. I do one side completely, then the other, which some feel is not the safe way, but I usually hitch by myself, and do not want to forget something by switching sides back and forth.

Good Luck!!

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    06-08-2014, 10:43 PM
  #5
Yearling
Everything above plus a good sharp knife & a small can of wasp spray. It doesn't bloey back like pepper spray & had a longer range
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    06-08-2014, 10:45 PM
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Weanling
Ok, the wasp spray is for dogs? Or people boogers?
Thank you
     
    06-08-2014, 11:47 PM
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Yearling
Lol. Which ever you need it for.
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    06-12-2014, 01:36 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by oobiedoo    
Hi, we are going to start driving my granddaughters pony fairly soon I hope.When we do start driving what safety measures are needed for the driver and the pony? I just can't recall at the moment seeing anyone wear helmets when driving.You still have a head and accidents can happen? I used to drive a pony when I was a kid but those were pre-helmet days and that pony was mostly good but he did haul butt and turn the cart over a time or two. What are the most common driving injuries? Thanks guys.
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I would suggest you get some books and read up. There is lots to know that you may or may not have learned from years ago. If available I would seek out some instructions from some one in person.
     
    06-12-2014, 07:37 PM
  #9
Foal
I've never driven with out a helmet on. Definitely keep a small knife on your as others have mentioned. Also desensitizing the horse to the cart and environmental stressors. Also some driving gloves help.
     
    06-13-2014, 05:01 AM
  #10
Weanling
The main fault with new drivers ,especially with a quiet pony is over confidence after they have been out a few times and start believing they have cracked it and it's easy.i think my advice would be to treat every time like it's the first time,
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