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post #11 of 14 Old 06-12-2010, 02:01 AM
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If your pasture isn't spongy, he shouldn't have a problem. Just build him slowly, remembering that driving muscles are different than those used in longing -- especially when he's starting and stopping. My gelding, Mingus, loves to trot with his head in the air, but he is finding his balance and discovered the greater strength he has when using his topline to his advantage.

I tend to be conservative when it comes to my horses and I certainly overly cautious with conditioning, but I want him to continue enjoying driving, so I don't want to overface him. There's a great conditioning schedule on (as well as a lot of other great info) on

We have a great driving resource with Happs in Ethel, WA. Maureen Harckom is a great advocate of minis (or VSEs, as they are classified by ADS) and has numerous driving events throughout the year, including their big CDE next weekend (June 18-20). There are some excellent teachers up this way and many knowledgeable mini drivers (I'm a newbie comapred to them). We also have a group called NW Beachdrivers, a very loose organization of folks who get together each fall in Long Beach to camp and drive (or ride) our horses on the beach.
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-12-2010, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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So, another question...Blinders? I'm kind of leaning against them at this point, because he doesn't seem to have a problem being skittish, and I like to be as laid back as possible, until there is a reason to add more tack or equipment.
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-13-2010, 12:15 PM
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Even calm horses can get scared of something chasing them from behind. Keeping them focused on whats ahead of them and also so they can not see you swinging that whip around and anticipate getting swatted.
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-21-2010, 05:45 AM
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if he is up to your hips, I'd say he can take two of you. lovely as it is to have a mini in cart. you know it would be cheaper just to get his basic ground manners sorted which you'll want to do anyways before you attach a weapon to him. 'is there anything else i should know' well, is he saddle broken? coz then half the work is done. do you have training experience? or just pleasure.
I got my harness of ebay, just measured his height and asked the seller, was good then something broke, that was an adventure, is now fixed so I can start training again. so make sure its solid/strong.

it is a big venture your starting as long as you actually want to do it and are not just doing it coz someone said you should.

it is very rewarding and you will lovve it once he is pulling you around.

my advice is take it slow, get help fitting the harness, don't do it alone and have fun training and learning!
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