Horse Podcast Ep 172: Exchanging My Saddle for a Harness

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 172 - Exchanging my Saddle for a Harness

Today I am talking about my personal experiences learning how to carriage drive, fulfilling one of my long-standing equestrian dreams! I will tell you why I wanted to learn how to drive and how I went about to do it. And then of course I will let you know how it feels not to sit in the saddle and holding reins, but to sit in a buggy, holding lines. Exchanging my saddle for a harness was definitely a great experience but also a bit of an adventure into unknown territory.

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Carriage Driving

A sports or equestrian activity which involves horses harnessed to a cart, a carriage or a wagon

A pair of Haflinger horses in light harness

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Draft horses in heavy harness

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Contact Heather or Ute!

On the Show today:

Ute (India)

Your Equestrian Adventuresses Podcast Host, horse rider, seasoned traveller and now carriage driver!

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • Why carriage driving
  • Differences between carriage driving and riding
  • How to learn carriage driving

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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