Two teams of haflinger draft ponies on carriage drive in Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire. First pair pulls a forecart, second pair is put to a 4-wheel carriage. Granite State Carriage Assoc. sponsored drive.
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14 Responses to Carriage driving pairs of horses

  1. Anonymous says:

    @horsepaintings Maybe two hundred years ago but not now. It’s weird you see them on youtube clips a lot. Especially the left Haflinger is very bothered by it. It hurts me to see that. We own several Haflinger horses but would never ever use those overchecks. It’s not necessary at all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    @Saartje05 I agree. It used to be the way most horses were driven… I suspect it is still often taught by trainers. Totally unnecessary and likely a fashion.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Throw away those check reins. People should be ashamed of themselves using those. You can see it bothers the horses.

  4. Anonymous says:

    loosen the reins! a bearing rein shortens the horses lofe because it put pressure on their windpipe

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bear Brook State Park is in Allenstown, NH

  6. Anonymous says:

    where is this

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes =) I dont ride whit short reins, because i think its unatural to just pull the horse longer and longer inn (my “horse” english suck xD)

  8. Anonymous says:

    If you mean looser reins, or a softer giving hand, I think you may be right– in both teams I see at least one horse trying to ease pressure on his mouth by pulling on his reins.

  9. Anonymous says:

    They should have longer reins

  10. Anonymous says:

    those look like mini belgians

  11. Anonymous says:

    So nice haflingers

  12. Anonymous says:

    these are Haflinger draft ponies, a very popular breed in NE for showing and pleasure.

  13. Anonymous says:

    what breed are these horses? Very beautiful!

  14. Anonymous says:

    nice driving

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