Yeah, it does seem some people can get quite disrespectful & high & mighty when replying on these forums.... Not saying that I always succeed
, especially in matters I have strong opinions of, but I do try to remain respectful, keep in mind potential misunderstandings, try not assume or judge people or their beliefs, even when they're opposite to mine. I try not to get bothered when people do get bitchy, just remember that's their problem, not mine. Gee, that sounds very sanctimonious actually & I wish I was that good, but that's what I aspire to at least!
I'm in Victoria, Australia actually. As for should you back your horse first, think it probably doesn't matter. Suppose that depends on when you want the horse ready to drive & what you do before hand. I always do a lot of stuff on the ground, including taking them out & about, before I start a horse under saddle anyway. Apart from actual harnessing & using shafts, that's pretty close to my sort of steps to training a horse under saddle too. Like I said, I don't tend to ground drive as a matter of course, but many do as a prerequisite of riding.