"Teddy" has come to my farm to learn how to drive and to learn all the manners that come with it. He will follow me to Circle F Stables to continue his training through the winter. Teddy is a great representation of the Norwegian Fjord breed. He is well built, has a sweet personality and lets his "pony" characteristics out when you're not paying attention!
I like to introduce driving to a horse with an open bridle. Even though I will put blinkers on eventually, I feel horses understand steering more quickly when they can see you guide them through body positioning. Plus, it can be more reassuring to them.
Teddy and I will continue the ground work and driving until he can do it around the property and down the road. Working through real-life, outside-the-ring distractions is key before introducing more tack.