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Breaking horses to harness - carriage driving trainer.
My aim is to break horses to be safe, confident and happy in any sphere of harness work.
United Kingdom

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At 10:37pm on February 1, 2013, Debra McDaid said…


I noticed that you break horses to drive.  You seem to have a nice sensible approach, calm with lots of praise.  The horse I viewed seem to trust and respect you, so you were doing something right. lol

I have stbs.  We also work with calm and kindenss, common sense the byword in our stable.  From old horses that have seen horrible abuse on and off the track, and have become complete wreaks that run away, pull, and are totally unsafe, to young horses, that we have had to re-break, the horses that have come through our barn come out the other end, with sense, trust, and are happy.  The same horses that others have had to run into cement walls to stop, we can walk on and off the track, go up the lane, and anywhere else we want.  All with sense and kindness, we expect respect, but give it in equal doses as we want to recieve.  My horses are ridden and driven, and despite many people who do not understand the stb breed and think that these horses are only good harness race horses, they can and do anything that any other horse can do-- and love it, harness or saddle, they just want to be with you and doing what you are doing-- be part of a herd, which includes people and horses-- I don't call what I do any byword, nor do I whisper to my horses... just talk to them, and try and listen to what they have to say to me as well.

Good on you mate for working with the horse and not against him.


Deb McDaid

and the 'boys' of the Tiocfaidh Ar La Stable, Che (Tiocfaidh Ar La), Tattoo (Da Plane Boss), and Steel (The Stealth) 

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