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    01-29-2011, 02:52 PM
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Green Broke
Question Teaching a Horse to Drive?

So as some might remember, I aquired a beautiful Norwegian Fjord mare 2 months ago. She's 14 hh, 10 years old & greenbroke but she's doing incredibly well
She still has issues with turning, stopping & such but her calm disposition makes for easy training. She can be stubborn but she's not a bolter, rearer or bucker.
I have her in a side-pull but combo that seems to be working well.
Anyhow... my ma-in-law has several horse carts on her place (they're owned by a friend but they've already given me the OK to use their equipment) and I was wondering if it would be a good idea to train her to drive.
Do you think it would help with her turning, etc to be taught to drive?
Also, since I've never driven a horse how would I go about teaching her?
What are the steps in training?
Thanks for any help!
     
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    01-29-2011, 06:29 PM
  #2
Yearling
You can start by ground driving her. Tack her up in her harness and walk and jog behind her. When she is solid with that you can get her to drag something on the ground behind her (ie bag of sand) to get her used to pulling some weight. I had my horse pull me on a toboggan when I was teaching him. :)
     
    01-29-2011, 07:49 PM
  #3
Trained
The hardest part is teaching her to open the door without scratching the paint with her shoes. Once you get the seat back far enough they catch on pretty quick. My horse always bring the truck back dirty and out of fuel.
     
    01-29-2011, 07:50 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
The hardest part is teaching her to open the door without scratching the door with her shoes. Once you get the seat back far enough they catch on pretty quick. My horse always bring the truck back dirty and out of fuel.
hahahahahahaa
I literally almost peed my pants reading that.
     
    01-29-2011, 07:52 PM
  #5
Foal
Hahaaha!
     
    01-30-2011, 01:00 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
My horse always bring the truck back dirty and out of fuel.
ROTFL sounds like my teenagers
     
    01-30-2011, 01:02 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Lol good one
     
    01-30-2011, 03:02 PM
  #8
Foal
Omg. Kevin. Lmao. That's funny.
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    01-30-2011, 04:32 PM
  #9
Showing
Lol, kevin.

I'd like to teach Lenox to drive but don't have a harness, only a lunging surcingle. Can I thread lunge lines attached to her bit through the holes on the surcingle and ground drive her that way?
     
    01-30-2011, 04:37 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Lol, kevin.

I'd like to teach Lenox to drive but don't have a harness, only a lunging surcingle. Can I thread lunge lines attached to her bit through the holes on the surcingle and ground drive her that way?
Yes you can do this.
     

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