Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
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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