Originally Posted by SlideStop
Smrobs, I've been looking all over for an inexpensive one! They are just so darn expensive. It just makes more sense, especially because they are attached at the hip! Then they could also use take more riders at any events we have. Their original purpose was teaching driving lessons and to give "donkey rides" to. The woman who was driving them made it seem like you needed a PhD in rocket science to drive. A little common sense and lots of ground driving experience has taken me a LONG way.
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You have gotten some great common sense from several of the posters, please take it to heart and listen. They are experienced drivers and Taffy was spot on when she said that you will be immediately disqualified if you take a bridle off prior to taking the animal off of whatever your driving them with. Our driving club enforces this rule even at our pleasure driving days on estates here.
The above bolded comment I would like to comment on. I drive two 17.2H Percheron mares. While I know your very cute mule is not near as tall or heavy as my team is, please reconsider your mind set. Until you have had a oh sh*t accident or been on that accident, you have no fear. I have a very healthy fear of what could or may or will happen when I drive and am always paying attention, I am always watchful to things around me and I never take chances or do gigs that may put myself or my team in danger.
I also NEVER even considered doing public events where I had other people on my wagon till I had time and experience under my belt. About 9 and a half years of driving single and then almost a full year with a team, and that was with show experience as well. When you start giving rides to the general public, if ANYTHING should go wrong, someone gets hurt, falls down, your animal suddenly balks or backs up and someone gets even a scratch, I have seen people sue for little minor things. Driving is a dangerous sport, more so I personally think than riding because you not only have yourself and the animal to consider but also the cart or wagon and those on it. The accidents often times aren't minor.....
Please, just rethink what you feel, get a lot more experience under your belt and it isn't just a little common sense and lots of ground driving that will keep you safe. Also, consider getting a good insurance to cover you if you do do public driving events or have anyone in your vehicle. Were covered for quite a bit of money and we renew faithfully every year.