Ex racer for pleasure driving
Ive got an ex pacer (not sure what you would call it in USA) Well, the ones that race but a pacer not a trotter!
He's been retrained under saddle and is a lovely ridding horse. My bf is keen that we should get a cart for him. Is this a good idea? Will it confuse him to do both harness and saddle work ? Also, being an ex racer would he expect to race as soon as you put him in a cart? He won a lot of races so we know he's FAST...
Anyone have any experience in this area?
I have read your post and I need to think about this one!
The horses I lease are both Standardbreds and are used for pleasure riding and also for driving.
They seem to love doing both!
my little haflingers do both and are not confused at all. I don't know if you would need to worry about him wanting to race. I guess it depends on the horse.
BTW, we call them pacers in the US also.
No, you won't confuse him.....but I would treat him as if he had never pulled before, start at the beginning with cart training, because he will need to learn word commands while pulling. Whoa being #1 !!!
Good Luck with the project!
I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote this.
I must have read the question wrong or something. :oops:
Like everyone else said... Sure you can do both! Most of our driving horses do both. If you can get double duty out of your equine it makes it a lot more fun!
With an x-racer you need to take it really slow, lots and lots of walking and standing. X-racers often make great pleasure driving horses.
I will mention that the main horse I ride was a driving racing horse first.
She's retired now and green broke, and the only problem I really have is that sometimes she gets a bit nervous of me being on her back instead of in a cart behind her.
One she realizes that I'm still in charge when I'm on top of her everything is fine, just took her a few rides to get used to it.
Thanks everyone for your replies, thats great news. I'll have to start looking around for a cart, will let you know how it goes!
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