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    07-22-2008, 05:17 AM
You are very correct in the fact that every breed has been trained to drive. Althought I do have to admit I think the minis are the cutest. Are you planning to drive? It is a great sport and great training aid for any horse at any age. You can also start them younger than you can if you were just going to ride. Ground driving is a perfect way to start a yearling.
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    07-22-2008, 12:22 PM
Gem is 9 and some joint problems. I am thinking that if we don't want to ride him, we could drive him.. or ground drive him so he'll still get his exercise and won't have to be lunged.

I have yet to start anything with him yet, but I do plan to.
    08-10-2008, 11:42 PM
If your cart is well balanced there's not much weight for the horse to pull. An unbalanced cart can be very hard on a horse, at least I'm talking mini horse here.

    08-14-2008, 03:59 AM
If you have a well balanced cart there is actually very little weight put onto the horses back.. Depending on the weight of the driver, 10-20 pounds is the usual numbers you will see. Horses that drive are suppose to drive with their hind legs being where all their power comes from. They should "drive" or "propel" themselves with their back legs, They should really tuck themselves up in behind to get the power to pull. They should not pull with their front legs, for some horses it is hard to teach this to because it is in their nature to get power from the front because they are used to being ridden. It is actually less work for them to drive than it is to be ridden once the horse is use to driving and is trained correctly.

The next time you have access to a cart, have someone sit in it and then pick up the shafts, that is all the weight that is applied to the horses back when pulling. I used to have conversion charts for different weights but now I can not find them anywhere for some reason, if I do I will post them here.
    08-14-2008, 07:14 PM
I have not gotten around to start teaching Gem to ground drive yet.
But I still do plan on it.

But the good news is, is that he's making a fantastic recovery :)
    09-14-2008, 06:17 PM
Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares
I have been told a horse can pull 4x their weight, but I have no idea if that is true or not.
They can pull more than that. I'm a 135 pound, 19 year old girl, and I can push and pull a limosine carriage that weighs over 1200 pounds. I can only imagine what a 1000+ pound horse can do.
    09-14-2008, 08:59 PM
I can pull around our horse vehicles too, but it would be stopping them that is the issue. We attend shows with our horses in harness, and getting the vehicles off the back of the trailer - there is no way we could stop them without the use of a whinch, but we can load them up easily enough without a whinch.

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