Is he capable of driving?
I have an equine question. Thought you might be able to help me out. I want to rescue a registered Holsteiner gelding. I want to get into driving. Anyway, he's 4 yrs old and large (17.3-18.0),intelligent, easy going, mindful and always wants to please. When he was a yearling he suffered a bout of colic. Pretty severe, it was hours before the owner was called. He was throwing himself on the ground by time the owner arrived. He was operated on for a twist of over 900 degrees. He was opened and he was untwisted, but intestines were never cut. He seemed to recoup just fine. Then at the age of 3 (last yr) he entered training to become a hunter jumper. When the trainer saddled him and added the girth and cinched it, he got an erection and maintained it until the girth was uncinched. The vet removed him from training, saying he needed to age for another yr. The Vet thought it might be some sort of nerve damage from the colic. The owner is frustrated and will not listen to the possibility of training him to "drive". She's only into the Hunter Jumper/ Dressage arena. Over the last year he basically hasn't had any kind of work done. Now she wants to find him a good, "non-riding" home. I don't want to see this great guy be a "yard ornament". A Holsteiner needs to do something. I'm not educated on driving yet (just getting started), so....just how tight must the girth be cinched in a driving situation? I realize that that is how the cart or wagon is attached to the horse to stop the cart. Is the girth as tight as it would be with an english jumping saddle? Any info would be appeciated, I figured you might be able to help. Hopefully I end up with the big guy,but he needs some sort of "Job", to keep him busy. I think he'd be an awesome driving partner. Thanks.