How would you have handled this driving class? - Page 4
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Driving

How would you have handled this driving class?

This is a discussion on How would you have handled this driving class? within the Driving forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Has bad driving ruined my horse

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-25-2009, 03:49 PM
  #31
Foal
Sometimes a runway can end up ok.. but once the horse has been in an accident.. they are ruined as a driving horse.. being trapped and having no way to escape is terrifying for any animal.. it takes alot of trust to be a driving horse.. if you think about it.. how un-natural it is to have a big clunky thing behind you and not being able to see it.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    04-27-2009, 03:12 PM
  #32
Foal
Not so true about training after an accident.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ponyluv    
sometimes a runway can end up ok.. but once the horse has been in an accident.. they are ruined as a driving horse.. being trapped and having no way to escape is terrifying for any animal.. it takes alot of trust to be a driving horse.. if you think about it.. how un-natural it is to have a big clunky thing behind you and not being able to see it.
That's not true. I drive regularly and work with a professional trainer in the Carriage Driving world. Many horses have accidents and come back just fine. The horse that was lying on the ground, tangled in the traces, was a Youth National Champion in Driving the next year. My trainer worked with a Friesian mare that was in a bad driving accident, the cart she was pulling was destroyed. The mare never had a problem with being driven again. She had a very few spooky issues, but she had more issues when she was being driven by someone with no confidence. I firmly believe that more drivers have problems after a crash than the horses do.

Driving does require a great deal of trust between driver and horse. The training process should be slow and steady, building the trust before the horse is ever hooked to anything that could cause damage. Spending a lot of time with ground driving in a blind bridle and good old fashioned lunging in a blind bridle can be the key. The horse needs to understand voice commands and be 100% steady long before training shafts and weight are added to the harness and way, way before a cart is put anywhere near the horse.

My 10 YO mare was trained to drive over a 3 month period. She was very broke to ride and had extensive ground work on her with a blind bridle before the trainer ever started with her. We went to our first show in driving this last weekend and got a 2nd and a 3rd in our 2 classes. The picture below is her first drive in a heavier cart, with my trainer driving her. This was almost exactly 90 days after she started in training. (By the way, she's a purebred Arab)

     
    04-28-2009, 02:53 PM
  #33
Foal
Quote:
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?
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
     
    06-13-2009, 08:40 PM
  #34
Showing
To tell you the truth, I'm paranoid and always expecting disaster to strike in events like this. I probably would have gotten off and just held on to my horse.
When panic strikes and a disaster like this happens, it happens so quickly and everything so unusual happens so suddenly, I don't know that you can really make quick enough, rational decisions.

Really sad and unfortunate for those poor horses and the stupid handlers involved.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
UMID M1 gets official, handled on video Jehanzeb Technology 0 02-23-2009 05:27 AM
Adrenain rush: I handled the animal with the deadlisest venom today!!! Kiki General Off Topic Discussion 16 01-19-2009 01:34 AM
How to win a WP class??? Horse_Chick Western Riding 5 12-03-2008 05:54 PM
what class? xXxDouganxXx Horse Shows 4 07-10-2008 05:09 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0