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    04-10-2009, 11:13 PM
I've driven horses. First, if the horse is panicking, a steady pull on the reins isn't going to phase them. Saw the reins, jerk the reins, get the horse's attention. Keep your voice soft and calm.
I think the drivers should have gone to the middle of the ring, gotten out of the carts and held their horses' heads. Let the other people keep the runaway away from the other rigs.
And it just has to be said: How much more pretentious can the judges get, than running around with lab coats on??! Rediculously silly.
Of course this is all hindsight. Except for the dooffus judges and their lab coats.
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    04-14-2009, 08:58 AM
I'm assuming it's NOT the judges, but the headers. Headers are people who come with the driver, and at the end of the class step in and stand in front of the horse's head. They are supposed to wear "lab coats." (I haven't seen the video in over a month though and can't at work... but that's how driving classes work)
    04-14-2009, 03:00 PM
What I heard was that in the Arab world it is the trainers that wear the lab coats.
    04-15-2009, 04:51 AM
Often trainers will be the headers, so that makes sense to me. I will say my breed show knowledge is limited to AMHA and AMHR shows (miniatures)
    04-20-2009, 09:51 AM
I've never shown, so I don't know who wears what. It seems to me that arm bands would be more horse friendly, than lab coats. But in any case, I feel sorry for those panicked horses and the owners, who all have a lot of work before the next show. I've heard that once a horse has run with a carriage/buggy/etc, that they are about ruined for carriage work. Is this true?
    04-20-2009, 01:07 PM
Wow! What a mess...!
    04-21-2009, 03:07 PM
Originally Posted by Nine    
. I've heard that once a horse has run with a carriage/buggy/etc, that they are about ruined for carriage work. Is this true?
Not from what I have observed at horse shows. I have seen horses that run away with the cart in one class at one show and then never another problem after that.
    04-21-2009, 04:24 PM
Can you believe those people in the stands who were shrieking? How asinine can you get? I was wondering also, since I first saw that video, what might have been done differently. Unhook the horses, that was a good idea. It is true, is it not, that panicked horses will try and dive into the other horses. Safety in numbers thing. Easier said than done to keep the horse on the rail.
    04-25-2009, 01:11 PM
I don't know anything about driving horses, so I can't comment about how things should have gone. It's always easy sit sit back & watch & critique after the fact about what "should" have been done. I think they did as well as they could under the circumstances.

I did read some of the comments on the You Tube page. Knowing that the lady who was still sitting in the cart towards the end was paralysed & could not move on her own makes it that much more scary. I'm glad to hear all the horses were fine, and I hope all the humans were fine as well.
    04-25-2009, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Two words... holy cow. All that just because of one horse.

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