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post #1 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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so, what do you do with your driven horse?

question in the title, what areas of driving are you all interested in ( pictures if possible) for instance tandam, pairs ,4 in hand,showing , marathon, farmwork? would love to hear about it all, also different driven animals, goats, mules, dogs, etc.
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 06:35 AM
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My previous dog (crossed the bridge two years ago) drove ;)

Two of our driving minis (one's hubby's, the other mine) are on a mini horse driving drill team

Then our other driving horses, we do combined driving. Tons of fun! :)
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 06:46 AM
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one of mine is lent out at the moment a young lads collecting scrap,and i did have a couple of really old photos of a woman driving a goat but can,t find them i wonder if they covered their feet with anything i know in olden times wen they walked geese to fairs they tarred their feet
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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i've heard of that tarring feet thing too. and someone told me the drovers used to do it to the cattles feet on droves from wales to london? have you got a picture of the scrap wagon jimmy? the vicar of the local village used to drive his 2 goats in a little cart-- i havent seen him for about 10 years though, so he cant have them anymore, and there is someone who has a couple of newfoundland dogs who does charity events with them in a little cart giving small children rides, never seen them tho'
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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i'm always impressed my your ponies and horses chey aut!! just have to ask tho'--- do they have to wear nappies ( diapers) when they do hospital or hospice visits? ( i havent heard of equine hospital visits in the uk!)
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 02:09 PM
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My pony, Bandit, is very nearly broken to drive... we're just going to refine turning and get him a bit more used to pulling with a person in the cart. He'll mostly be used for fun, since there aren't any harness shows near me, and I might rent him out at the nearest town's "Graf Days" for little kid's cart rides or something. I'm trying to talk my saddle club into including driving classes, though.
Dante is learning to drive, too, but he's only been hitched to the cart maybe once, so... he's further behind. ;p

I hope to eventually drive them as a pair, but that's still awhile off, I think.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 02:15 PM
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We drive mostly teams and 4-hitches for farm work. We used to do all of our farming with mule teams, now we just have teams for pleasure driving around the country.

This is how we would go feed our cows in the winter, we would stack hay on the sled and drive the 7 miles to the pasture where our cows were held when the snow was too deep for the pickup.

Us kids had a donkey that was just our size.

We even had a team of longhorn cross cows that would drive for a while.

Here is the only team we have now, John; a percheron gelding and Bessie; a belgian mare.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 07:49 PM
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I loooove your pictures, Jen! Especially the last one with Rafe walking next to Momma.

Stella - sweet, timid, elegant, lovely, lively, amazing
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-16-2009, 09:58 PM
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Why thank you. . Here in a few years, I will have pix from between his ears going beside the wagon. I can't hardly wait. YAY!!
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-17-2009, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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rubaiyate bandit: hope you have better luck than me in putting together a pair! one of my intended pair just hasnt grown! but we hope to get there in the end! smrobs: i just loved seeing those pictures. ( more please !!) i can remember my grandfather working the farm with horses, here in uk, but its now very few and far between that people seem to use anything but tractors over here. are there a lot of differences between training cattle to drive, and training a horse to drive? i see also , that you have baby along as well- this is what my grandfather did too. ( sorry i just love talking about my grandfather). the other thing i notice on this forum is the difference between american mules, and the mules that people have over here- american mules are much taller and horse like, over here they seem ussually smaller, furrier and donkey like-- i really find this so interesting and am toying with the idea of getting my smaller cob to do some little jobs around the place, just to give him something to do. in the meantime tho - please may i come and live with you guys (lol) it just looks a wonderful life to me!! ps . i see you have a size difference in some of your crew, would you be able to tell me what the biggest difference of size could be acomodated- we have a 2 h difference, which every person i know, bar one, has said is too much.. would that be too much difference in your opinion?
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