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post #1 of 3 Old 28-03-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Training an experienced riding pony to drive.

Over the summer, I'm hoping to train my pony, Harry, to drive. I think that this will be a fun alternitive to riding him, so I was wanting advice from people who have taken on this challenge in the past. We have a very strong bond so I have no dount that he will trust me, but I'm just wondering how other horses took to this task.

Also, I was wondering if someone could advise me in what equipment to buy in order to start the training?

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need to start with ground driving. there are bunch of books on it
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You should also look into finding an experienced trainer to help both you and your pony to learn how to drive. Green on green almost never works, even with well bonded horses.

Along with a trainer, I'm teaching my coming four year old miniature horse (34") to pull a buggy, and dispite what I thought would happen- she has done very well with all of her training so far. I still haven't hooked her to the cart yet because my trainer wanted to be 100% sure she was ready, but she ground drives will all of her driving gear (surcingle, crupper, breastpiece, driving bridle, etc) on and will back, woah, walk and trot on command. I'd advise in doing atleast two months of only ground driving with your pony before you even think about carting him, and be careful! Driving can be very dangerous.

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