Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I not a driver--just a wanna be--but I thought I'd share my driving experience, since you said your pony is gentle. I bought both an Amish breaking cart (still own, stored) and a 4-wheeled buggy, and proceeded to train my 15'3hh babysitter, then 18yo QH, to drive. I had great success with the breaking cart, and I ended up using it at CW Reenactments as a large alternative to a wheelbarrow, leading my horse from my other horses to unload and load stuff back from the camp to the trailer.
Hindsight is very good. When I switched him to the 4-wheeler he got more and more frightened. Finally, my DH, who was aboard on one trip with me, told me that my gentle-as-a-lamb and not afraid of ANY gunfire or cannon, was about to explode from fear of the buggy, we halted, unhitched him, took the rig home and sold it.
As I look back, I realize NOW that he needed LOTS more time to get used to being driven--he couldn't have had TOO much driving training time at home. If I had realized that, I could have given it to him, and we would have had great memories driving everybody around. ("Ro Go Bar', 1982-2009, RIP)
I just want you to know that a great riding horse starts driving as a very GREEN driving horse, just like a great driving horse can be a very GREEN riding horse.