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?
This is only true to an extent - most of the time the horse will remember the runaway and will be nervous, or looking for the next oppurtunity to do it again. Depends on the trust. I have been on a carriage twice when the same horse has run off with it (I wasn't the driver, only the groom) as we were warming up for driving trials, the horses where in tandem and they always used to 'scuttle' for a hundred yards, and then they bolted out of the blue several times because they could, once landed the driver in hospital, the next landed me in hospital, and the time after nobody was hurt. They weren't used as driving ponies again and were sold as ridden ones xXx
♥ It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans ♥ ♥ ♥
Last edited by xDressageDivAx; 04-28-2009 at 01:55 PM.
Reason: spelling mistake!!