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Gullet Clearance… What is it and Why is it Important?

Gullet Clearance… What is it and Why is it Important? 0

You might hear an experienced carriage driver talk about gullet clearance on a driving saddle. This is because there are a lot of inexpensive harnesses on the market that don’t provide any spine relief in any capacity. A good driving saddle provides gullet clearance for any shape horse.
Communication Mistakes We’ve Made

Communication Mistakes We’ve Made 0

I recently had a request from one of our customers to write about how to avoid a “rolling domestic” while on the carriage with your spouse or significant other. If both of you are involved in carriage driving like our family, you are bound to have a few disagreements over the years.
Our Obstacle Driving Mistakes

Our Obstacle Driving Mistakes 0

It's been a while since I released a post in the series of "We've Made All the Mistakes So You Don't Have To". This one is a little different. In this case, if you compete, you eventually WILL make a mistake. Here are some of ours.
Turnout Mistakes #2

Turnout Mistakes #2 2

You all liked my first post on our Turnout faux pas, so I thought you might want to see some more. We cover hot weather clothes, dress rehearsals, the "all black" turnout, bad hair days, and hot kids!
Dumb Stuff We Did #2

Dumb Stuff We Did #2 0

Did you really think that we only did enough dumb stuff for one blog post? Nope. We’ve done some more…and even fairly recently! The point of these articles is to help people understand how to do better, because “When we know better, we do better.”
Dumb Stuff We Did with Our Driving Horses

Dumb Stuff We Did with Our Driving Horses 1

We’ve been lucky…really lucky…or blessed. Looking back on our almost 30 years of horse driving, I can think back to when we did stuff we shouldn’t have because we didn’t know any better. Fortunately, most of the situations turned out fine, but now knowing what could have happened, I shake my head.