Guys - you are critiquing a pic that was taken over a decade ago - when a trainer was using my horse, I had not harnessed him, I was not driving him. My only participation in this was taking pictures.
I especially did not ask for being critiqued.
When I actually get him harnessed again, then I might ask for a critique, but at this point I am very shy of ever even thinking of posting again! I came here to talk with other drivers about my favorite way or working a horse - though no, I am not great at it, just decent. I have honestly only driven three horses, two lesson horses and my Shaman. While I believe there are people here who could give me great advice on how to get better, why would I put myself though being questioned and critiqued when my post was just that I had bought a new cart? Not asking for help. Not asking for input. Just happy to have bought a new cart.
The new cart, will sit about as level as Churumbeque shows, so I am going to guess it is not goign to be as bad as I thought.
So, I will think about if I am going to post again.
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.
I was just trying to point out that I don't think the shafts were too short I think it was hooked up incorrectly so just trying to help you avoid another problem . I also think because some people drive a team does it mean your experience or doing it properly Posted via Mobile Device
AAARRRGGGGG. I had a long post all ready to post, and the 12 week old Great Dane puppy leaps into my lap and lost my post.
Sigh. Let me try again, forgive me if this post is a bit less elloquent as the one that was lost.
So, with my confidence renewed by some private conversations that were great, here is what I thought I woudl do. When I do hitch again, I will get it to where I think it is perfect and post pics, and ASK for opinions. Please, no BLUNTNESS, but let me know what you see is right, what is almost right, and what is totally wrong!
Then, the next time I hitch, I will do the same, until we get it right.
One of the shafts (metal) has a repair that is iffy, so the cart is going in for a better repair so it will be a week or two before my cart is ready. Until then, I am going to put my horse through lots of ground driving and long lining - and adjust my breeching. My harness has never been attached to a cart! I have a really good horse, so I am not anticipating any issues - if I get things just right or slighty wrong - but I want things exactly right, so I will gladly take the input.
So, truce? And if any of you are in the Puget Sound area, you are welcome to come out and talk harnessing in person!
I have to get new pics of her. This one is at 7 weeks and 18 pounds - she is now 12 weeks and just short of 40 pounds! She is in training to be a Mobility Service Dog and will eventually replace my walker. She is very spoiled!
She is actually 3/4 Great Dane, and 1/4 Cane Corso - she should be about 150 pounds full grown.
And yes - lots of puppy breath, especially at 6am when she wakes up for her morning walk - she sleeps next to me on my pillow.