I have found that your posts do not actually carry any information, just condensation - which you call being blunt.
I have no doubt that you will find something wrong with every portion of everything I do. In this case it is no bit, and no blinders. - gosh, you missed no overcheck!
You also missed the heavy full armour combat going on in the background where men dressed in full steet armour where fightign at full contact with hardened unsharpened swords - which sounds a bit like constant thunder.
Or how about the costume on both horse and rider, not to mention the riders that are just out of sight of the picture.
I say what I say because there are people on this list who are new to driving who, if they were to follow you and do what your doing, would seriously hurt themselves and/or their horse. Driving is one of the most dangerous sports out there and if you see what I am saying as rude, that is on you. We are here to teach the new people getting into driving to do so safely and efficiently and to not harm themselves and or their horse.
The over check, I have one on all my harnesses and use it, but it is not as tight as others say it should be. I know what they are for.
So your at an SCA event or a mid evil event, your point? I am sorry you feel your being scolded but I have been driving a lot longer than you and with each post, your cutting corners, you keep insinuating you have little to no money, yet to drive it takes good solid equipment. ALL my harness and my driving vehicles are used, but we restored each one and they are gone over before and after each drive. Our horses have stood patiently with a crowd around them at Civil War reenactments while a cannon shooting off half rounds, children running up and grabbing our drafts tails, poking them in the nose, etc.
Your last photo, your horse does not in fact look like he is having fun, he looks apprehensive and not at all at ease and laid back, look at his body and his ears and how he is going. Any good horseman who can read a horse can see this. There is NO PLACE for sloppy or ignorance in driving. I have seen wrecks that ruin a good solid driving horse with a willing attitude and a good mind because the driver is ignorant in what they are doing and don't want to listen or be told they are doing it wrong. If you want pleasing and accolades, then please, go to a place where people don't do this on a daily basis.
I have to carry a huge sum of insurance when I go out in the public and train my horses to ensure they don't hurt anyone. When I have people on our wagon's or we participate in events, which are often because we are known for being safety conscious, I take what I do seriously. Driving takes experience and safe practices. To go out in public without all those safety practices in place your not only putting yourself and your animal in danger but the general public. I don't do parades normally nor do I do certain events if I feel that it puts my team or myself in danger, that is being a good teamster and driver. Something some people just either don't grasp or don't care to see or just don't want to see it.