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post #1 of 20 Old 01-16-2009, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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Emergency stop?

I'm just playing with the idea of breaking my pony to harness. Said pony, when under saddle, rather liked to try and run off if he felt like he could get away with it. So it crosses my mind to wonder ... when riding you can do an emergency stop by grabbing one rein and turning them in a sharp circle. Is there an equivelent of that when driving? I'm guessing there'd be a risk of tipping the cart, and I'm also guessing that bolting with a cart would be worse than bolting with a rider. Would an emergency stop just be a wider circle?

Honestly I doubt I'd ever have to use it, I don't take bull from him any more like I used to when I was young and inexperienced, but I've never even been in cart before and ... yeah, it's the sort of thing I'd like to know ^_^;;
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-16-2009, 01:43 AM
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You are correct, it can flip the cart. Driving is more dangerous than riding, that's just one reason.

One thing that I find helps is to do serpentines, it generally will calm down the horse... but if it's a true run away, won't help you. In that case you better hope your horse "comes back" to you! Or "ride it out" until they settle down if you are in an area that it's safe to do so in.
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I know when I get one who wants to bolt on me I will start making circles and continue getting smaller and smaller until the horse stops. Bolting in a cart is no fun, usually the cart is kicked and thrown around and shafts go between legs, under stomachs, ect. Eventually that bolting horse with a cart will run that cart into a tree or something else and cause a lot of damage to the cart, horse, and if the rider is still hanging on, them too! Just be sure to keep the circles large enough that you do not take the chance of flipping the cart.
Driving is a lot more dangerous than riding.
The main thing is the same when trying to stop a bolting horse while riding, disengage the hind end in any way you can safely do so!
If it comes down to it and you can not get the horse to do circles until it calms down, then try to ride it all out just try to steer away from objects like trees and fences! Trust me I have had to do this with a green broke mini that jerked the lead rope from the person who was helping me hands and I was on the cart and he took off, he would not slow down but would listen to my commands for turns so I had to ride it out and just turn him away from all objects so he did not hurt anyone.

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Thank-you both, that's really useful! Certainly food for thought.
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ok! now i'm officially too scared to drive! jk! but it is very useful info!

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If I was aware that a horse has a tendancy to bolt I would never get in a cart behind it. I have seen too many wrecks because people were driving horses that were not suitible to be driven. You have to be able to put a lot of trust in a driving horse because you are trying to control them from 2-4 feet behind them with just two lines and your voice. For the safety of you, your horse, and others please be sure that your horse is truly ready to be driven before you hitch him. I don't mean to sound harsh but after the wrecks I have seen it always enters my mind every time I get in a cart.

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This is my biggest fear with breaking out April... I think she would be a nice looking mover in the cart but Im not sure her mind can handle it (the whole "something is chasing me!!!") I have had her in a harness and she has drug PVC pipes and she didnt mind it, But I am still worried. Chloe has a really quiet mind and basically nothing bothers her. She was really easy to break and I trusted her 100%, but I had been with Chloe for 7 years before hand.

Maybe someday April will be in the cart...but not yet, I like her too much to ruin her (by getting into a reck)


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You don't sound harsh, Laura, you sound realistic =) I really appreciate your concern. I also think you're right! I was already thinking from the first replies I got that it might be a bad idea to try and drive him, but now I'm certain. You say I need to be able to put a lot of trust in the horse I'm driving, well I can't put ANY in Casey! It's just his personality, he's so sharp and always testing (AKA a little poo ) I don't want to make it sound like he's horrible, it's just that "what can I get away with" is a big fun game for him. Maybe he'd be fine in a cart, I don't know, but he might also see it as an opportunity to play and of course he'd have no idea of the danger. It was real nice imagining trotting around in a cart with him but I don't think it's worth taking the chance. He's totally happy to go walks down the road on a leadrope so I think I'll stick to that! XD

On the up side, searching for info about driving is how I found this forum so it hasn't been a total loss

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Well, we are glad to have you join us!

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Thanks! =)
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