July 21, 2011

I'm still working on my Unicorn driving.

Unicorn is where you drive a team with one horse up front, the leader, and a pair behind, the wheelers.

In terms of levels of difficulty, driving combinations go:
Single
Pair (2 side by side)
4 in hand (2 in front, 2 behind)
Unicorn
Tandem (in in front, one behind)

The reason why driving 3 (unicorn style) is more difficult than a 4 in hand is that the lead horse is up front on it's own, and has a tendency to go off course if the driver is not very careful. With a 4-in hand, the 2 horses up front balance each other out. In unicorn driving, it is possible for the lead horse to turn 180 degrees and end up facing backwards.

Tandem driving is particularly difficult, and takes a great deal of skill.

I am also amazed at how much more physically demanding handling 4 reins are as opposed to just 2. The reins soon become very heavy.

Posted by Amanda on July 21, 2011 12:24 PM