I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to drive. My inspiration is getting to ride in carriages and wagons at festivals and all that jazz. The problem is that I don't know anyone who can teach me to drive a buggy. Needless to say, this is a tad frustrating.
When I was younger (and even now), I wanted to have a mini or two to do buggy pulling. A horse I'm considering is buggy broke. If I bought him, of course I'd like to take advantage.
So basically, does anyone know what I can do? I've been told that the reining is similar to how you'd split rein in English, which makes a bit of sense, but I know sitting in an object behind a moving horse is going to be a hell of a difference either way.
FIRST misconception is that driving is like riding...WRONG! I ride both western and english and while the mouth contact could be considered the same as in english, it is different. Driving styles are different too.
You don't pull a buggy, you drive. If your a green driver, you really want to consider getting a cart, which has two wheels instead of four wheels, and if you ever did go to 4 wheels, you want a carriage or buggy with an under cut. The reason I suggest a cart is you can't get into as much trouble if your horse decides to bug out or bolt or back up and not listen and/or pay attention to your cue's. Start there then when you have a year or two under your belt, a horse that listens without question, then I would consider moving up to a 4 wheeled vehicle. Believe me, take it from someone who jumped from driving single and in a cart to a team and 4 wheels on vehicles that sometimes had an under cut to some that didn't, it isn't for the faint of heart or someone who doesn't know what they are doing or are green.
Your area that your profile says your in is Oklahoma. Here you go: Home - Oklahoma Draft Horse and Mule Association Robertson Clydesdales -- Locust Grove, OK -- Clydesdales, driving clinic, breeding, horses for sale, horse training, horse boarding, heavy horse, pulling horse, pulling horses, draft team, team driving, miniature Shetland, buggy, surrey, draft cart,
Robertson's may be able to get you connected with others who drive or help.
Books are fine to get ideas and some information, but I strongly suggest contacting the ODHMA to see if any of their members are near you and go from there. There is nothing like hands on training and starting from the ground up, how to harness, where the harness is to sit, ground driving, etc...good luck.