I've been considering teaching my horse to drive, but want to learn more before committing to anything.
How calm does a horse need to be for driving? My mare is good under saddle, but does get excited sometimes. She will be 9 yrs old in April and is a Paint. She has a good head on her, mostly her spook is just a step sideways and stop, or jump forward 2 strides and stop. She is extremely tuned in to the rider, sensitive to the aids and willing to do anything I ask. She will trail ride by herself and is pretty good about barking dogs, traffic etc.
The problem is I have developed a chronic illness so I can't really ride very much at all. Lately all I do is hand walk her down the street. I did ride her the other day and she was great considering she hasn't left the yard (or the other horse) in about 2 years.
Where do you drive your horse at? And where do you put your cart when you go places? I do have an arena in the front yard, but I am sure that is going to get boring after a while. I could drive her down the road but it is paved and has traffic so probably not a good idea. I only have a 2 horse trailer, so where would you put the cart? In the back of the truck?
If I did decide to do this, I know I would need lessons, and a trainer. I have driven before but not enough to really be experienced.