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Oliveren15 06-26-2013 10:44 PM

Do You Think It's Too Much?
Hey guys.
So I have a 5 year old retrained OTTB. He was retrained for jumping, and now im riding in a Western saddle. All seems well, he's taking it very well. Now down to my question. Do you think it would be too much if I started training him for something else, say driving? I don't compete, and the driving wouldn't be competitive either, just something that he would be able to do, and could do once every while. I don't wanna overload him. He's a very calm horse and puts up with me riding with tarps tied to the saddle, walking over tarps, etc. I just wanted to see if you guys thought it would overload him at all. Thanks in advance!:D

TheAQHAGirl 06-26-2013 10:50 PM

I don't see why not. If you can train him in it well and hes doing very well then go for it. If your not sure how to train for driving, I would just have a trainer help you or do it for you. Driving is fun, I was in the process of training my 12 y/o TWH to do it before I sold him.

Oliveren15 06-26-2013 11:01 PM

I do know how to train driving, but I don't have access to a cart. Do you think staying in the ground driving stage would be fine till I could get my hands on one?

AlexS 06-26-2013 11:05 PM

Nope, our goal with training horses is that they learn each time they go out.

My goal for my TB is to be a jumper, but he took a bad bite to the back, he learned to drive on long leads in no time, as I could not ride.

Oliveren15 06-26-2013 11:11 PM

I think ill start tomorrow then :) Its a bit too hot to ride, so I"ll just do some ground work and get him used to long reining :)

AlexS 06-26-2013 11:46 PM

Get up early. (Gentle kick up the rear end).

Oliveren15 06-27-2013 12:19 AM

lol I shall.

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