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  • Some horses work better without blinders
  • Would it be safer to ride a horse with blinders

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    04-26-2012, 05:14 AM
Originally Posted by Raven12    
I suppose that having no blinders would work for some horses, but I think that I would be afraid to try.. especially scince my guy has been trained with them.
hiya I think plastic poles would make the pony spook as thay would be uncontrolabe in different directions hiting your ponys quaters and the risk of the other person geting barged by the pony or trod on the other alternative is if you have a harness have a small pole at the end of the traces to exert a little weight or like I said the traces come to a point through the trace crew holes thread a bit of string or bailing twine (nylon) with a quick release knoton to a small chain and a car tire but the most important thing get your pony listening to you and your vocal comands and long rein in circles as well like lungeing but with your ponys full harness on say thet your horse is travleing in a clockwise direction your out side rein goes behind on the hind quaters and that helps the pony to go foward and keep in a circles and have 30 minuit sessions 15 minuits on each rein and the golden rule is to finish the lessons on a good note never on a bad one as things will fester untill the next lesson.one of my photos is of me and tricky in the sea he is expolring his reflection in the water.
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    04-26-2012, 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by Raven12    
I suppose that having no blinders would work for some horses, but I think that I would be afraid to try.. especially scince my guy has been trained with them.
hiya its all down to trust I can drive tricky down the road in an open bridle and I was worred to I put him to the small troting sulky I have and walked with him by his head with titbits and we did intaval training on the road walk on for 3 strides woah then another 3 strides and so forth and when he was settled I got on board and have not look back since and have been driving him on and off with blinkers.
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    04-29-2012, 04:09 PM
Originally Posted by Horseygirlsmith    
My welsh pony mare is very energetic. Last year she ran away with the cart and swerved on to a lawn and threw the driver off the cart. She is well trained to the cart-she has a month and a half of training-but is very energetic and wants to go fast. She dosn't do any of this stuff when being ridden. What should I do to inprove my ponys bad cart habit?
the other thing I can sugest is to cut down on hard feed and give none heating horse and pony cubes and mix that mite help as well.
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    04-29-2012, 09:59 PM
Personally, I will keep my blinders on my head stalls when I drive, if that makes me bad or an accident waiting to happen, so be it. Blinders are there to keep the horses attention from straying by something as they go by, to listen to the driver, and to pay attention, there is nothing wrong with using them.

Saddlebags, can you show me statistics that it is safer to drive without blinders vs with? I call your bluff on that one....
    04-29-2012, 11:44 PM
Bolting is one problem, most likely due to incomplete training (six weeks is not nearly enough time). The other problem, of tipping the cart, makes me think that the pony has gone through the roadside ditch or uneven ground and gotten out of control.

Training must include desensitization to the cart shafts being uneven, one higher than the other, such as would happen if one wheel was lower than the other, or the wheels bouncing through a ditch or rut in the road.

Uneven ground puts pull/twist on the belly band and all the harness, and is undoubtedly very uncomfortable, just like going downhill can be odd. The pony probably didn't know what was grabbing him and over-reacted and tipped the cart.

I would say that if the pony is now frightened of the cart, you should start over with the training, for sure, going very slow to make sure all these "holes" in the training get addressed - whoa, rating speed, uneven ground, and desensitization to the cart.

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