Horse Carriage Ride
- Belgium 5 horse carriage rides
- Croatia 6 horse carriage rides
- France 13 horse carriage rides
- Germany 148 horse carriage rides
- Hungary 8 horse carriage rides
- Italy 12 horse carriage rides
- Poland 4 horse carriage rides
- Switzerland 9 horse carriage rides
The equipage: different types of carriages and harnesses
The harness consists of different elements, depending on the type of carriage and the way of harnessing. For heavy carriages, usually a horse collar is used, a stable oval that is placed around the neck of the animal and distributes the load evenly over chest, shoulders and withers. In the past, pointed collars were used for work.
The breastcollar is suitable for light carriages and smaller loads. It consists only of a wide piece of leather, which is stretched over the chest of the animal. The light breastcollar is popular in sports today.
The driving sports tournament: dressage, off-road and obstacle driving
Driving sports tournaments are held in three disciplines:
- Similar to dressage riding, dressage driving requires figures to be shown in different gaits.
- Off-road driving ('marathon') involves driving over or around various obstacles in the terrain – including water ditches.
- In obstacle driving competitions, a course marked out with cones must be mastered within a certain time limit. The balls lying on the cones must not be knocked off.
Breeds for driving sports
The disciplines in driving sports are very diverse – and so are the suitable breeds. At tournaments you usually see European warmblood breeds like Holsteiner, Geldenburg and Oldenburg – or Friesians and driving ponies like Welsh Cob or Haflinger. Especially fast and agile breeds are suitable for obstacle driving.
Cold blooded breeds such as Percheron, Noriker and the Black Forest Horse were generally used for agricultural work and freight transports. Today, the mighty horses can still be admired on show, for example, when they are harnessed in front of brewery carts for traditional parades.