I do have an older spare tire, meant for my car, but it can be used as a training tool as well! I'm not thinking about pulling weight yet, that will come in time...but I don't have blinkers so I need her to be ok with being able to SEE what's following her. If I start by dragging a small log behind me, then she can see it's coming along with us...as soon as she's ok with that part, then I'll have no issue with it being attached to HER. I want to start with a visual, then add the tactile. Make sense kinda?
I do have an extra set of hands for the initial dragging training...but she also has 2 horses where we board and I don't want to take up all her free time. But she'll help me if/when I need it.
I don't have a cart at the moment but would be interested in purchasing one - just don't want to put the cart before the horse! LOL (sorry, HAD to!) I'm not 100% sure that I have the skills to properly train her for this so I don't want to go and spend thousands of dollars before getting a good idea as to how she's going to react to the idea. I want to be able to drag objects behind her without a fuss and like someone mentioned earlier, ask her to drag a pallet (wood) so it has a bit of weight to it before looking at an actual cart for her.
I hear what you're saying about the noises behind them, we've done ALOT of tarp work and I have a wooden rail on my round pen that has to be dropped to get in/out and she's ok with that. I'll work on the loud noises behind her though, good idea!
Long reining she's a doll. Has walk, trot, whoa down pat, working more on back now. Haven't done it in about a month now though since we really started under saddle. Turning and such she's better on the long reins than in the saddle, been honing in on that lately. I'll start some tighter manouvers though, see how she does. She typically takes everything in stride. Even when she spooks, so far it's 2 steps sideways and a google eyed stare at whatever startled her. I'm not worried about her running off and dragging me, but it's different when you're on the ground instead of on top of them...just new to me!
Thanks for the input, always open to more suggestions!