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post #1 of 6 Old 02-01-2014, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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New to driving

I really want to teach my Quarter horse how to drive. I've ground driven him and he's done really well. I think he could pull little carts or sleds. I don't have any equipment yet. Where should I go from here?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-02-2014, 01:14 AM
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Look for local driving clubs in your area. See if someone would be willing to mentor you or give you lessons. Hands on experience is the best :)
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First, YOU need to learn how to drive. Then, you need to ask if the driving trainer will help you train your horse to drive.
Even driving trainers do NOT do this training alone, and BOTH of the trainers need to be CONFIDENT, or the horse will not be confident, and THAT is the most important quality in a horse that you are going to TIE to an apparatus that YOU are going to get in, and have only two thin strips of leather for communication.

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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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I drive just for fun as well. I love it! When I started out, I had NO idea just how much went into getting everything adjusted & placed just right so it's works the way it's ment to & comfortable for the animal. Glad to hear you have someone close to help you. Good luck & post pictures when you can!

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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!

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