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post #31 of 47 Old 08-14-2013, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Honestly, Saddlebag, I have never really considered driving. I think it's more because I know so little about it than anything. Do you get the same sense of connection with the horse as you do from trail/pleasure riding?
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post #32 of 47 Old 08-14-2013, 01:25 PM
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Defiantly Driving! While you don't have the feel of the horse underneath you, you sure have the connection with your driving horse.
There are tons of people driving their horses that don't even ride. I don't ride my horse anymore, he was a nutcase under saddle, but he is a great driving horse.
Meadowbrook carts are relatively east to get into, some people use a mounting block to enter their carriages.
What area are you in? I can see if their is a driving club near you that you can go check out. Driving clubs always love to have volunteers around, and they are always ready to help out a beginner.
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post #33 of 47 Old 08-14-2013, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Taffy Clayton. I'm in Ontario, Canada, and interested to learn more.
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post #34 of 47 Old 08-14-2013, 05:07 PM
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Taffy, thanks for jumping in. I learned to drive a work horse at 15, then drove a team for a living for 6 weeks, trained my arab to drive and am now thinking of putting the qh in harness altho with an easy entry two guesses what my line of vision would be. lol. Google horse driving Ontario and a few sites turn up. Perhaps try pony driving Ontario also.

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post #35 of 47 Old 08-14-2013, 05:40 PM
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The American Driving Society, has no affiliated clubs in your area. That doesn't mean there aren't any though.
On facebook there are several driving sites, you must join, but it is worth it.
They are:
Draft Horse Sale, Trade, Adopt, Stud, and Tack
The Carting Zone
Carriage Driving Online
Carriage driving classifieds

Ask if anyone knows of some clubs or driving instructors anywhere in your area, you will also find out about how much carts and harnesses cost. Don't be discouraged though, most of the items for sale are the really good stuff that is hard to sell locally, you can find more cost friendly tack locally on Craigs List.

Good Luck, just getting to be around horses, is a step in the right direction, plus it is really good for you.
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post #36 of 47 Old 08-15-2013, 09:35 PM
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Where I ride EVERYONE uses a mounting block. Even the teeny tiny teenage girls.

Also, I ride a 16 hh appaloosa gelding, I weigh 250 lbs (give or take a few pounds), and I swear he hardly knows I am there. Last week a 265 lb woman trail rode him for an hour, even cantered him, and he didn't blink an eye. As long as you are riding a stocky horse like a QH or an Appy with a short back, you should be fine.
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post #37 of 47 Old 08-15-2013, 10:12 PM
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Thank you for sharing and reminding me how much I love horses.
About 2 years ago I was at horse clinic. One of the gentlemen teaching the clinic was a 70 something cowboy who could barely walk across the parking lot. He had to have help getting on his horse (a 3 yr old participating in his 1st clinic). The man was probably one of the best riders I've ever seen.
I'm sure you'll find a way to reach your goal.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #38 of 47 Old 08-22-2013, 05:48 PM
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Driving is a lot of fun! I just got to do this at my friends farm, he has about 27 newfoundland ponies! It was great.

Don't listen to your trainer, I think that's horrible that you "HAVE" to mount from the ground. You want a trainer/coach that will encourage you, and not see you as different. I love my coach, she never says anything bad about my weight. I started out on a clydes x tb. The girl I'm riding now is smaller, and I'm a big girl. But I actually think we look good together!

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And I'm prob one of the most insecure people, I live in a very big city. And I hadn't rode in about 5+ years. The only close enough place for me to ride in is a rich persons area of Vancouver that has quite a few barns. I was very reluctant of going. Eventually I was like "Screw it. I am doing it. This is going to make me happy" And I found my coach on Craigslist. I love it. Even now, I know I'm not the best rider but I don't stress about it. We stress enough at work as it is, horses are our therapy and we should enjoy it the best we can.

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post #39 of 47 Old 08-23-2013, 12:25 AM
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For those of you needing mounting blocks, I found this, I'm ordering the purple one

3-step Mounting Block in a variety of colors
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post #40 of 47 Old 09-09-2013, 07:26 PM
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to darkhorse.

hiya and pleased to meet you.
dont give up your dream of horses.
have you thought about takeing up driveing.
if you still have pain and rideing is a bit dificault i think driveing would be better as you can drive from a seat and you probley be pain free.
my partner is disabled and wheel chair bound and we have a special for driveing for the disabled and the back folds down into a ramp and the wheel chair clamps in so were there was a chair it slides out to acomadate it.
i wish you all the best.
and please dont give up your dream and love of horses.
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