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post #1 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Can a saddle horse be used in harness?

I have some really good saddle horses, I'd like to train one of them to pull a buggy but I don't want to toughen his mouth... can a horse be used for both or will it desensitize the horse?

As a kid I had a shetland we used for both, but she was a tough mouthed bugger, and she never could neck rein or yield to leg pressure.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 04:50 PM
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No discipline should make a horse hard mouthed. If the horse is developing a hard mouth from being reined in constantly, it's because he's not been trained to properly pull a cart and listen to cues. Driving should be absolutely no different then a soft English contact. Tons of horses both ride and drive without ever having mouth issues, so it's all in the training.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 05:19 PM
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No discipline should make a horse hard mouthed. If the horse is developing a hard mouth from being reined in constantly, it's because he's not been trained to properly pull a cart and listen to cues. Driving should be absolutely no different then a soft English contact. Tons of horses both ride and drive without ever having mouth issues, so it's all in the training.
one hundred per cent right,most horses I ever drove would turn at the slightest pressure but I find it easier to train a driving horse to ride,then the other way around but as mm just posted theres no reason at all why a rider shouldent be a driver as well
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 05:44 PM
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Exactly, since the horse already knows all the cues from the bit, you shouldn't have to be any firmer with your hands in harness than you are from the saddle.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 10:23 PM
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I don't see why your horse wouldnt be light on the cues as long as you did the work right toward making him or her a buggy horse Good luck!

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-25-2010, 11:57 PM
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Go have some fun!!! Driving is great and as already said should not make your horse's mouth tough.

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