Only Driving Horse at Multi-Discipline Barn: WWYD?
I've got a question, hoping I can get some thoughts and answers.
I board at a multi-discipline barn, most people ride western or english, and there's a hunter/jumper show barn on the property. I'm the only one with a horse trained to drive and a cart (technically, the barn owner's Saddlebred mare drives, but hasn't done it for years). While I've had quite a bit of support from some of my barn mates -- including the people who've wanted me to bring the cart up to their horses so they can check it out -- or say we look good out there, I've gotten wind that not every thing is all cheeseburger in paradise.
I had an incident today. I was down by the tack room area, my horse was standing quietly in the cart, and another horse maybe 50 feet away just basically wigged out as she was being led away from us and nearly jumped into her rider's lap. I've got my own personal views about this particular horse namely, that she doesn't get worked much, and has been spoiled and allowed to get away with a lot because her rider is insecure and into the Parelli thing, but the mare's owner says I deliberately spooked her horse. I did talk to my barn owner, and no, I'm not in trouble, but I'd like to avoid such incidents in the future.
I already know I'm not supposed to be driving by the jumping arena if there's a lesson going on in there, and so I do try to stay away. I'm able to drive in the big arena beyond the trees, it's just a matter of getting there. We can go a really long way around a carriage barn/storage garage, but I dislike passing so close to the main driveway gate which is usually open during the day, so if there's no lesson going on, I drive parallel to the jumping arena towards the tack room and wash racks and then we cross the driveway further up.
Anyway, does anyone board at a place where you have the only driving horse? How do you deal with barn mates who are less than enthusiastic about it? (Even though they can't handle their own horses and are more apt to blame the cart to make up for their own short failings)