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post #1 of 16 Old 03-26-2010, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Getting into driving-advice needed

I have been wanting to get into driving for years and had horses that could do it but never got the harness and cart. I was looking at getting a pony or even an older horse but one that knows what they are doing so they can teach me.

I have drove several times but for the life of me cant rememeber how to harness. I have a friend that can help me with that and hooking up i rememeber how.

But i guess my real question is before i get the horse i wanted to look into finding a harness and cart. Not to purchase before the horse/pony but to at least have pricing down and know what i needed.

Is this harness an ok one? It is nylon and i know leather lasts longer and not sure if its much moer comfortable but none the less.

Tough 1 Basic Nylon Driving Harness - Horse.com


And as for carts whats a good one that wont cost a fortune?

And is there by chance someone out there that will be in the northern ohio that could point some horses out?
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-26-2010, 11:44 AM
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im not too sure about the reins because judging from that picture it uses spring clips like on the headcollers, and from my experience with them the spring usually breaks.

also as for the cart it depends on the horse size and what your wanting to use it for, two wheeler carts are bouncy while four wheels are smooth.



this is an old old old picture i have when we were breaking whiskey in to drive, we'd use those carts before considering something better, theyre also good for general kinda stuff, unfortunately i cant remember where we got it from but im sure we picked it up relatively cheap, something like £200
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-26-2010, 05:01 PM
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A better harness will fit better and be more comfortable and be more usable.
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-26-2010, 05:58 PM
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a cheap set like that will do the job,but buying harness is like buying anything else when they say to fit a certain size say 14hh there are a lot of differant shapes 14hh,s soyou can maybe expect to tie a few knots in differant parts punch a couple of more holes in,but the most important part you need to fit is the girth
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post #5 of 16 Old 03-27-2010, 12:56 AM
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I'd never use a nylon harness. Leather is great, although I prefer betathane, easier to care for hehe (but not biothane, that I don't like). LOVE Camptown harnesses, but not the most inexpensive. I really like Zimmerman's in Pa and Smuckers.

As for a cart, depends on what kind of driving you're looking to do. If just having some fun driving around then a Frontier Easy Entry is affordable and do well.
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-28-2010, 04:07 PM
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I think that's the same harness that I have. I got it because I don't believe in using leather, and was too impatient to find a biothane or other non-dead harness.
It works well for what I use it for, but like Jimmy said... there are problems with the adjustments on such a cheap harness. (it is pretty much too big in every way except the girth.) I also had to replace and do creative configuring on the means of rein attachment to the bit.

It may work for you if you need something to just get the job going - but know that you're PROBABLY going to want an upgrade sooner or later.
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I was also looking into paying the extra price on a horse that comes with a harness and a cart that is already fitted for the horse. But we will be living not far from the amish community so i am sure i can even have them custom make me one for a horse i get.

Thank you guys for helping me out my next question is how do you tell it truely is a good driving horse? I know how to do that with a riding horse. Is there someone in northern ohio that would be able to even go with me or know of a good instructor out there?
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-29-2010, 04:06 AM
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safest way is ask for a weeks trial either at their place or at yours and drive it every day .any horse i sell ,if asked i,d give them the week to make their minds up
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I might suggest taking a few lessons before you get too deep into this. I would get a totally different type of horse for playing around the house vs CDE showing vs breeed shows. You will learn alot and then also have someone to guide you in a suitable horse
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-29-2010, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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I have done driving before just never had to buy a driving horse. I have always trained rding horses and now cant ride. I do know i dont want to go to shows. I used to show western pleasure and halter and i will never do shows again it is just not me.

I do plan on finding someone in the area that i can at least hire to help me if i have any problems i just dont rememeber the harness. But if i had it in my hands it wouldnt be so hard once i started on it again.
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