I am rather new to this forum and after searching the a lot of fora's I have not found an answer to my question: is it possible to drive your horse in a more friendly way? I drive my fjordhorses regularly. They both excel in dressage at liberty and groundwork. My youngest one (12 years) is very good in groundwork and loves it, by the way. After a very long and difficult period (most of all with myself) I decided to stop ride him. He has clearly shown that he loathes being ridden (he bucks very terribly and violently (doing a 'courbette' with me on his back
). I have never forced him, hurt him, but done my utmost to try to find a solution for this behaviour, since he performs wonderfully when driven or in groundwork. My oldest one (20 years) can be ridden bareback on a cordeo (and I never stop being amazed about it
). But, when driving on the road here in Holland there is no sense in riding bitless. It would be dangerous, not because of the horses, but because of the horrific traffic sometimes. Horses are (nearly) always driven on a liverpool shank. I also use the Liverpool but with the plastic mouthpiece and a loose chain. Sorry for all this explaining, but the real question is: can I use the neckreining technique when driving? As explained by Miriam on another thread shanks are not really meant for steering. Is there another way to drive safely on the road (amidst traffic)? Both horses like driving, by the way.