Hello fellow driving enthusiasts,
I have a 17 year old TB that I am working on training to drive (for fun, not for show). I have tried to find driving trainers in my area with no luck. All I have found is one person that is willing to show me how a harness will go on my horse. I do not have a cart yet, but I do have a harness. I haven't put it on him yet. I've just been ground driving him so far. I am not in a rush to get him trained so I am taking it nice and slow. Sometimes I wonder if he has been driven before (I got him from a rescue when he was 13) because he took to the ground driving so easily. I normally use a lounge caveson, surcingle and leather driving reins, but have used the driving bridle too. I do not need to carry a whip to get him to move out. He will walk, trot, halt and back by voice commands. He also stands nice and quiet.
I have one book on driving - Breaking & Training the Driving Horse by Doris Ganton as well as the DVD that goes along with it.
I have been training horses for more than 20 years (on ground and to ride) and am hoping that given time and patience, I can teach my TB to drive. Anyone know of anybody that I can have help me train him in the Austin area? Any words of wisdom? Don't tell me not to do it, because that'll just make me want to do it more