Back in 2020, I wrote a series of articles entitled, “We’ve made all the mistakes so you don’t have to.” I have kept a running list of mistakes we have made as I remember them, so this is the next in the series. These articles are meant to “poke fun” at ourselves in a way that hopefully is educational and maybe a wee bit entertaining.
When the horse tucks his nose to “escape” the pressure of the bit, we call this “going behind the bit”. This can be a big challenge to overcome, and can be harder to deal with than the horse who seems like he will never give to the bit! What can be done to deal with this?
I have had more than one customer who has said, “My driving horse hates his bit”. For a lot of people, the single jointed snaffle is considered the driving horse bit. What is it about the single jointed snaffle that generally doesn’t work with carriage driving horses?
A lot of new drivers are under the impression that a major step in training the driving horse is ground driving, walking behind the horse like you were in a vehicle, but without the vehicle attached. We do more what I refer to as “long lining” which is basically staying in the center of the arena while the horse goes around.
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.
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.”
We have been heavily involved in the sport of carriage driving since 2000, competing in Pleasure Driving and Combined Driving with many breeds of Horses, Ponies, & Very Small Equines. We also enjoy coaching our driving students and driving recreationally. Since we use what we sell, we are able to advise you on the best product(s) for your needs!