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post #1 of 7 Old 12-05-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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My first driving horse

I am a newbie to driving but I want to teach my 13 hand Peruvian to drive. She is already has a year of riding experience and is 5 years old. She is calm natured, especially for a Peruvian which is a hot breed. I'd like to post my progress and problems here. I welcome comments and suggustions.

Right now we are just ground driving. I have been having trouble with her whirling around and not wanting to stop and stand but we are getting better on that. Today we had a almost perfect lesson. (No whirling, when where I asked, stopped easy and stood still). I have a drag ready for her to pull when she is ready for it. So my first question is... how do I know when she is ready to drag something behind her?
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-06-2012, 08:04 AM
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Oh my gosh she looks great driving!!

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-06-2012, 09:37 AM
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Since you are having trouble with her turning around, although getting better, she might revert at the next step; I would defiantly do a couple more steps before a drag. You don't want her to spin with the traces connected to a drag, and get her legs caught.

I would ground driver her with you pulling something noisy. I use a bucket with some rocks in it, or a shovel. I put it on a rope and hold the rope in my hand, so I can drop if necessary. This is good to get horses used to noise behind them; the more noise the better, then when the relatively quiet cart is behind them it is no problem.

You guys look great, but please get in the habit of putting your extra leather through the keepers. It is a safety measure and it keeps your harness supple and prevents the keepers from shrinking.

Another step I will try and have this afternoon.
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-06-2012, 01:37 PM
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I'd even put one step before taffy's advice. Have a helper drag that bucket of rocks in front of the mare as you ground drive her. As she becomes comfortable with that, have them break off and walk beside her, cross paths, come up from behind...
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I'd even put one step before taffy's advice. Have a helper drag that bucket of rocks in front of the mare as you ground drive her. As she becomes comfortable with that, have them break off and walk beside her, cross paths, come up from behind...
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Great advice! You can never do too much ground work.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-06-2012, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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OK I did noise today. I did that a lot with her when she was saddle trained. I used a whole bunch of rattleing cans and made as much noise with them as I could. She didn't even flick an ear. Tomorrow I will use something else. Thank you all for helping me.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-09-2012, 04:44 PM
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first time driveing

hiya nad cogratulations you both look swell and I wish you the very best and happy driveing I have finished my waggonett and if you look in my albums quincy driveing he is 4 and just broke in and educateing him.
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