I ground drove Rodeo, my 2yr old horse today. Ive been ground driving him for about a year or so off and on, and today it hit me, I would love to take the extra step of having a versatile horse and not only eventually having him go English, and Western, but drive as well. Give me websites, any info, pros, and cons to it, costs of a cart, harness, ect.
Also, is driving something I can do instead of riding that will keep him sound?
Thanks for any and all info!
hiya a cart would probley set you back 500- 800 and you want a cart thats light as well so its easy to pull the main thing is the balance if you find one take a frend hold the shaft and see what the balance would be for your horse if you were in it as you want to keep the weight off of his back as much as possable.
when you know thet you have ballance the shaft tugs will rise and fall and the buckles will click as you go along.
the harness could cost if in leather over here 800 -1200.
be weary of second hand and if you do check it all over.
please dont make the same mistake i did i went to an auction and could not see what i was biding and i marked a lot down on the catalog.and i put a bid in for £200 and won it well it was a mess.
the best way to discribe it was bang goes my harness money.
when i started out i brought a leather donkey harness and put it on my pony tricky i got pulled to pieces in that van parade in regents park london and it was his first show in harness.
a bout a month went by and a saddler sent some flyers out and asked if you had any repairs ect so thay were local and i visited them with this ram shackled broken harness.
we used 80 % of the buckles and renewed it a bit at a time un till it was compleated the only parts that are the oridginals are the out side part of the driveing saddle the bridle blinkers(blinders)and the head piece of the bridle.
that cost me 800.
there was another saddler in wakefield called burrows collars he was english and his wife was canadian and thay were selling adjustable full collars with hames and tugs and its the best one i have ever brought.
the picture of tricky in harness is that harness i call it my working set as its used from day to day and kept clean the same as my show sets.
sorry that i live the other side of the adlantic as i could have loaned you a harness and a cart and helped you get started.
but take your time youll get there in the end and may you and your horse share happy driveing times togeather on pleasure drives picnicks ect.