This, to start at least, is just supposed to be a fun thing we can do with our horses, mine especially. My dad and sister want to get in on it too. I know big time driving takes practice and time, but we're not looking to get fancy. My horse is calm enough that he could do this, and not scared of anything.
I realized that this was kind of a dumb question, as I already know the answer. We have a friend who drives his horses and we're going to get info from him.
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It is not that" big time driving "takes practice and time, it is about saving the lives of people around you and yourself. When a horse spooks with a rider, usually the incident is over as soon as the horse realizes the offending thing is not going to hurt him.
When a horse spooks with a carriage, the carriage is wider than the horse, but the horse does NOTknow this. When the horse runs, it CONTINUES to be chased by it's carriage, they do not understand the difference.
It is IMPORTANT to have a person who has HAD these experiences to teach you and the horse how to handle things, and therefore hopefully avoid these problems.
I am not trying to be negative or overly dramatic to discourage you. We NEED young drivers in our sport, but if you hitch your horse before it is ready, and something bad happens, you will not continue to drive.
You have a really nice horse, and started correctly, you would enjoy showing in driving shows!