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post #31 of 33 Old 05-04-2012, 10:26 PM
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I drive my horses with my old harness racing lines they have the hand holds for when my guys really take hold of the bit. I need all the help with them when they get to moving.

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post #32 of 33 Old 05-15-2012, 01:44 PM
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I've been in the unfortunate circumstance of having lost a team because both reins fell - they were wrapped around one of the board on the sleigh and while I thought they were in easy reach while I was adjusting something on the team, when the team went to walk forward I grabbed them and they slipped right out of my hands... Thankfully the sleigh wasn't too badly damaged, and the only real harm in the end was a broken snap on one of the harnesses.

So I can see where the - justifiable - fear comes from... that being said, I've learned now that no matter where I am either on or off of the sleigh/wagon that I can be holding the reins effectively. When I'm driving - I only drive for pleasure - one thing I'll do is buckle or tie the very end and loop the reins so that I'm between both and the reins are tied behind me... thus if I drop them they can't go too far.

A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli
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post #33 of 33 Old 05-15-2012, 06:26 PM
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I have had one situaion of a dropped line - and will never again drive withotu my reins attached to each other.

I was working with a troubled teen trying to get her into horses any way I could. I had taken her out driving down the road a couple of times, she was 14, and as my horse was being an angle, I gave into the pleas to let her drive. I handed her the reins and within three minutes she has stepped him up to a trot, fine, and them promptly dropped one rein!

Her first instinct was to pull on the rein she had - and promptly steered one wheel into the ditch - which really confused the horse. I could see him turn and look at us like we were NUTS for wanting one wheel in the ditch.

Luckily, I just calmly said "WHOA" and he came to a nice stop within five feet and waited patiently while the kid jumped out and got the lost rein. I tied them together (that night fixing the broken buckle) and off we went with a bit of a rough start to get out of the ditch, but otherwise no worries.

I know that without that "WHOA", there could have been a serious wreck and wont drive a horse that doesn't have one!
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