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post #1 of 37 Old 02-12-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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How would I begin to train a horse to pull a cart? I kind of have an idea, but how would I teach the horse to ground drive and all of that? I was thinking about getting a pony for my little sister to drive. This is out of my zone lol I train barrel horses. A little help would be nice! Thanks!

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I've trained my Clydesdale using my own method. It has failed on 2 other horses so I have no idea? Sorry
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How would I begin to train a horse to pull a cart? I kind of have an idea, but how would I teach the horse to ground drive and all of that? I was thinking about getting a pony for my little sister to drive. This is out of my zone lol I train barrel horses. A little help would be nice! Thanks!
If you have to ask how to begin then the first step is to find an experienced driving pony.

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Its not that i dont know how to train its just that i dont know how to teach a horse to drive from on the ground. Its just out of my zone. I teach horses how to ride and teach them ground manners... Not how to drive.
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What Hoopla said still applies. You don't know how to drive so are green. So the green + green = black & blue is very, very valid in this case.

I suggest going to an actual trainer who works with horses and ponies for driving.
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riding is not driving. They're not interchangeable.

You said you don't know how to do it and that's the truth.
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Is there anyone near you, say Amish or Old Order Mennonite, or trainers that have horses that hitch? Someone that can help you with this so that you learn a good method, and are safe?

A Saddlebred barn, STB, Trotters or such would be able to help you, and be able to teach you and your pony and your sister, as if she will be doing the driving? She will need lessons too.

Where are you located, as I have friends that drive, and you might be close enough to let them help you. PM if you aren't comfortable saying on here.

And do you already have the equipment, or are you going to have to come up with all of that too?

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I took my riding training knowledge and taught my colt how to drive... Go buy an already trained pony.

I had one pleasure trip down the road with an 30+ year old Appy mare and a new friend. We drove for about two hours, where I did about half the driving. The very next horse I drove was my then 2 1/2 year old a year later... How we both lived through it I have no idea. I sought professional help after our fist big wreck where he ended up IN the cart with me. Our wreck happened the 13th time he was hitched. Here are pics of the first time I got in the cart...






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I took my riding training knowledge and taught my colt how to drive......... Here are pics of the first time I got in the cart...






The cart is too low. The shafts finish in a position where they're likely to poke the horse in the shoulder.

There isn't a straight line from bit to hand and your hands are way lower than the horse will carry it's head. Reins resting on the horse's backside. The harness doesn't fit. Britching is way too low. Breast collar too high and way too narrow. Witherstraps too far forward. Saddle too far back. Belly band too loose. The horse isn't wearing a driving bridle or a driving bit.
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Yup - like I said, it is a wonder we both lived thought it!!!

That was 12 years ago and let's just say we are a 'bit' wiser now... though I would love to fine a decent trainer to put 30 days on him before we start driving again as we have not driven in four years. I have a brand new harness and new cart, but it has been long enough that he needs to be restarted.
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