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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Many lightweight showers don't use breeching with that type of cart. No reason to, I guess. I rarely ever see breeching on the miniatures that are being driven when I attend different classes.
Note though, that I don't condone that type of showing and I don't show at all personally, I pleasure drive. I just gave that as an example of someone driving without contact. Actually though, in that video I never saw the lady slap her stallion (the chestnut being driven) with the reins. When she asked him to trot she did a bit of a jiggle with the rein and off he went. All of those drivers also had whips with them, they just weren't using them. Not sure why.
I drive with minimal contact when I'm just around the farm with our more experienced horses...my mare is still fairly new to driving (has about 65 short drives and one parade on her, started March 2012) and young so I'd never try driving without contact with her, but with our 14 year old Shetland who practically drives himself, I have no problem with giving him a loose rein and just relying on my voice to control him. He's been driving for over 9 years and is used for therapy as well, so he's about as spook proof as they get.
Shoebox- I'm not completely sure with some bits, but I know that a lot of people prefer half cheeks because you have to use a lot more rein direction with driving (in some cases anyways) than with riding, and halfcheeks won't slide through the horse's mouth. They also give another form of pressure, on the outside of the jaw, to help guide younger horses into turns.
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