Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
As someone said, they are horses. In 3 years, I have only had Trixie spook once, and that was at a water trough that was leaning up against the fence, she just did not like how it looked.
If your horses are new to driving, maybe one day a week, go back to ground driving, work them around things like black trash bags that are full, trash cans, anything you may encounter on the trail. If they are new to driving, they are learning their confidence or if they felt you tense on the lines, that will convey down the lines to them.
We drive with blinders as I personally feel that it helps the horse concentrate better on the task at hand and doesn't allow them to focus on every little thing we go by or moves around them. Their attention needs to be on what they are doing, and you the driver.
Have fun and be safe! What breed are they?