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.
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
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 can't 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'
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!)
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.
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?