Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
When one posts a photo, regardless of time or when it was done or by whom, your opening yourself up for criticism. We all have been there, you, myself, and others. I personally wanted to point out what was wrong so when you did harness again, it was so you knew and wouldn't repeat it again, to help so you had a much safer drive than that. By what you wrote, I hope you do have someone who is experienced with you when you go for your first drive, as just because your horse may know what is going on, if something happens, you need the know how to deal with it as safely as possible. I would hate for someone else to make the mistakes I have over the years. I don't mean to come across blunt but that is how I am when I write and in real life.
Driving can be very fun, but too many things can happen too quickly and things can go south before you can blink. It is a dangerous sport, more so than riding, and not only can the driver get hurt, but so can the animal in harness, things can be wrecked and good horses ruined for any further harness driving. Too many stories have been told of people with your exact attitude who come back weeks or months later admitting they didn't listen or they thought they knew it all and have had a bad or horrid wreck. I would really hate to see you and your horse go through something like that.
I have years of experience, I have worked hard, I have had a bad accident and have had to over come those fears that come with it. I am very fortunate now to have more knowledge than what I came into this and love to help people. However, I wish you luck and hope your first drive is uneventful.