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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