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post #1 of 6 Old 07-17-2020, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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New to driving.. Help?

Hello! Both my horse and I are new to driving and I have been working all summer long to get him ready to be hooked up to the buggy that I have. He is finally ready and has been hooked up a few times, but I feel like I am hooking him up wrong or something.. So I was wondering if any of you would be able to tell what I am doing wrong from this picture I have?
Also,the buggy I have has been in the family a long time and has never actually been driven till now but it was all I had. It drives well but the turn radius is super wide and it scares me, because my horse is still very green and I am still leading him on the ground when he is hooked up. We have already had a few very close calls where it almost tipped, so I have been looking for something else for him. The buggy just seems too dangerous right now. Is there a cart or buggy that you would recommend? Like brand or type, 2 wheels or 4?
Thanks so much for the help!
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Sorry, it was pretty dark when I took the picture..
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-17-2020, 07:06 PM
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I was reading a book about driving, and for a green horse that was nervous they made a small "vehicle" that had little skids instead of wheels, which slowed it down a bit and apparently kept it from tipping over. They weren't using it to sit in, just to get the horse used to the idea of pulling something, so they basically just made it out of scrap wood for almost no cost.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-17-2020, 08:25 PM
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The problem with using older, antique 4 wheel carriages is that they donít have an undercut for the front wheels. That means if you turn sharp enough the wheels rub the body and then skid which can cause a major problem with a green horse.

I prefer breaking in a 2 wheel because you are less likely to get in a bind if the greenie backs up. Backing up in a 4 wheel can jack knife if you arenít careful or horse isnít trained.

But many people break horses in a 4 wheel marathon(undercut for safety) depending on the horse.
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Thank you! He has pulled a pallet and gotten used to the sounds of it scraping and grinding against asphalt and thumping around over grass, and has actually pulled me around on this pallet all over the yard, so he is definitely ready to move to a vehicle. I have been trying to find what carts and buggies were best for starter horses with no luck, so this is a lot of help!
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-18-2020, 07:42 AM
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Antiques can also come with other issues from lack of use and maintenance.

Two wheel is easier to start a horse in and harder to tip. If staying with 4 wheel the undercut can keep you out of trouble.

As long as your drives are on smooth even ground and turns not sharp you should be good to go and build experience and confidence.

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