Basic Horse Training for the Driving Horse
Basic horse training for the driving horse includes:
Road work requires all those above listed basics to be perfectly mastered by the novice driving horse. You need to know how your horse behaves and how it reacts in sudden and new situations. This is important, because you want to be able to control the horse at all times. The horse must have learned to cope and stay calm even in unexpected situations.
Plan your first trip in public very carefully:
Make sure you go out on a quiet part of the day with enough natural light. Avoid heavy traffic, like the rush hour in the morning or end of school etc.
Choose a fairly "secure" route that you know well and where you know ideally what to expect where. Know locations with all of a sudden barking dogs, bright signposts, funny road markings or sources of unusual sounds.
Try to see oncoming problems early enough. Be aware that the horse could shy on things we never would think could scare a horse. Zebra crossings, white arrows, box junctions, traffic lights and –signs and other road markings might frighten a horse.
Always be aware that driving on public roads means that traffic rules concern horse drawn vehicles as well as every other participant. Make yourself familiar with rules concerning especially horse drawn vehicles. If changing directions, know how to indicate this as it is determined in the official traffic rules.
Also try not to forget to thank other participants, if they give way or help otherwise. The horse will gradually become calmer and start to ignore unusual situations. You will become more relaxed and hopefully enjoy every carriage ride. -- Still be prepared at all time for the unpredictable.