Driving a mini

Jessey

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I can't remember if I may have asked this before but how much can a mini pull?
Hank is 32" and about 120kg when he's in shape, I have a little robinsons type 2 wheeler which has lots of adjustment so we should be able to get it nice and balanced.
Would we be able to have 2 adults on for his first couple of trips out? Just don't fancy going it alone and not sure if I can reasonably ask the RI who has agreed to come and be my 2nd pair of hands when I first put him in the cart to run along side :p
 

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The Shetland at the local RDA pulls 2 adults easily, he's only up to my knees not sure of height :p
 
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I don't know anything about driving but I'd imagine on flattish ground you would be fine, I suppose he may find it difficult climbing steep banks or be pushed along going down them:D:D I've seen some poor 12.2ish ponies around being made to tow half a dozen teens on the back of flatbed carts now that must be too much surely:mad:!! ( not anyone from this forum may I add;)). x
 
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Initially we'd just be going round the housing estate on the roads (after a test run in the paddock) which only has a very slight slopes
 
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two and a half times his own weight is considered a rule of thumb for carriage horses. But Shetlands can tow a bit more,
 
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When you are driving out and he's twinkling along with his ears pricked you know he's happy and coping, Up gentle hills you will expect him to have to bunch his little bottom and put his head down and haul, Shot periods of this kind of hard work won't hurt him at all, and when he's more experienced there is nothing wrong with letting him "spring a hill" Which means letting him get a few canter strides to get him up short steep hills. You'll know if he's struggling and then the groom can get out. ONce he's fit there is no reason why he won't cope with two lightweight adults on most reasonable gradients. Listen to him , he'll tell you what he can and can't do. The most important thing is not to over face him in the early days. Make all his work easy to get moving, that will gain confidence. If they slip getting a cart going in the arly stages it can make themm lose confiddence
 

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Where we are there are no real hills, gentle slopes is about it (funnily its the thing I miss most from Hertfordshire and thats not exactly hilly :D) I think the slopes on the estate are about an 11ft gain over 50 yards so nothing much, hopefully perfect starter slopes so he can learn to pull and feel the breaching but not over face him. I've driven novice horses but never done one from scratch, its a bit scray but super exciting at the same time :D
Jess gets shoes on Friday then hopefully we can get back to getting out and about, he's been doing about 3 times a week trotting alongside her for 30-60 mins so I'm hoping he won't be a complete jiggly jelly for when he starts to pull and the first sessions will be kept nice and short, hopefully by summer he'll be fit enough to drive to the pub in the next village which is about 2 miles away with his uncle Eric from next door who is off to a trainer to be broken to harness next month :D
 
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I have a little two wheeler for my 14hh. I am generally driving on my own. A few times though I have had someone sit in the carriage with me. You can really feel the drag with a second person, its surprising.
Just be sensible and you'll be fine. I would have r.i. walk alongside if there fit they'll be ok. I did it alone when I first put to as I had no one to help me. I can remember shaking all the way on my first drive. Really someone should have been at his head. Really you only want to be walking and the odd little trot. I always remember some advice someone gave me. They said stick to a walk, you can always add speed later. They were so right. If you just go out at trot all the time. The horse doesn't learn to listen. I think if the walk with the carriage is not ingrained and horse gets spooked that's when things go wrong.
 
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