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post #11 of 19 Old 12-29-2012, 01:33 PM
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Have you ever driven before? I would not try to teach yourself, even with a horse who knows it all. The rigging is very complicated and it is too easy to get in an accident. At the VERY least, get an EXPERIENCED driver out to help. Learn all the rigging, what it all does, know every piece.

Teaching yourself to ride, you may hurt the horses back with a bad saddle fit, you may fall off and get hurt. Teaching yourself to drive, you can snap a shaft on something, impale the horse, and get very hurt in the process. Not to mention you have nothing but reins to signal the horse.

Driving is great fun, I was taught by a lady who used to run Standardbreds, and we taught a little Arab. We did little obstacle courses, it was a blast. But I never would have hooked a horse to cart without her showing me every step of the way.
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-29-2012, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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i've got someone who is going to come out once a month (they live an hr away) to give me lessons once annie is better. I'm going to be taking the time she has off to learn the cart and the harnessing. then when she can start at a walk again we'll be desensitizing her to it, strapping her in, letting her stand and unstrapping her. then once shes sound under saddle we'll be going once a month driving work, up and down our drive at first, then down a nice low traffic road nearby later.
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-29-2012, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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he'll be giving me a weekend crash course on driving with his hackney before we strap her in too, didnt want to leave that out.
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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horse carriage

What about this one?
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 01:22 PM
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Better and it will give you a better ride. That's just about the price of a new one however.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 01:36 PM
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The good ones out there.

I like the carts like this.

2 wheel horse cart

Horse cart with rubber wood wheels


Not this one, not big enough for your horse, weak wheels, old, too expensive.

Easy Entry Horse Cart

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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i couldnt pick any of those up though, and i couldnt afford the shipping. :(
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 01:58 PM
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I know that, but I was giving you an idea of what is around. I looked on CL in your area, and there are slim pickings.

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post #19 of 19 Old 01-04-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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yea... lol i've been contemplating trying to rev up my grandad into building one.... hmmmm.
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