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  • market for driving prospect?

    Disclaimer: I know pretty much nothing about driving. I have a STUNNING 4 yr old wbx that has kissing spines. We are working on a solution to get him comfortable to be ridden, but thinking ahead to the what if he never gets there. What is the market like for a young prospect? Fairly small I think? He is super smart, was bred to be a hunter, pretty big. It breaks my heart to even think about him ever leaving me, but if he can find a job he can enjoy comfortably I know he would be a joy to someone else. Thoughts?


  • #2
    It's entirely possible that he won't suit being driven. Some horses with kissing spine can be driven but not all.

    Here's a link to a video with a TB with kissing spine being retrained for driving.



    • #3
      The reality about driving is that the market for prospects is way different (not in a good way) from the market for a horse that is trained at least in the basics and has been hooked to a vehicle and motored around w/out killing someone. If you are thinking this way, start the horse down the path and find out FIRST. Young, kissing spines and never driven equals about $0 as a driving "prospect".
      We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


      • #4
        I was thinking the same as 2tempe. Driving "prospects" that are already driving don't bring much. I've seen sound road safe greenies that brought $1K.
        Visit my Spoonflower shop


        • #5
          While I agree with the posters above, from the ADS classifieds - an ad for a finished driving horse:

          *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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          • #6
            You will have a hard time selling the horse with kissing spines even if he was already driven regularly. Does he even have the mind to drive? If you really wanted to know, send him to a trainer to get started and give him 90 days. He will not sell without being started at least.


            • #7
              Driving isn't for every horse and I think most aren't going to spend big bucks on the chance that a horse might take to driving. Not that riding isn't challenging, but driving presents a lot more mental challenges to get to the point where you can even think of putting a cart to the horse.

              Do his spinous processes touch at a standstill or just when burdened? I think part of it really depends on the severity.


              • #8
                I agree with the above. It's like the market for trail horses, breed is generally a secondary consideration. They do need to be sensible and serviceably sound. Also, most people looking for driving prospects are looking for a particular size that fits the equipment they already have which could be anything from mini to draft.

                I would get him evaluated by a trainer and go from there.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Christa P View Post
                  I agree with the above. It's like the market for trail horses, breed is generally a secondary consideration. .
                  Or it's the #1 consideration, because they do breed shows, hence a welsh driving horse or an arab driving horse or an aqha driving horse. The demand for a WB driving prospect with pre-existing physical limitations would be an especially hard sell. If he were a physically sound wb from actually driving stock, that's a whole nother thing. My Holsteiner is out of a dam line that includes a world cup driving mare, for instance. But he's not, I presume.

                  I would say that at this point the person who sees the greatest value in him is you. I'd look at treatment options and prognoses, and go from there. If it turns out he can be a sound pleasure driving horse, it would probably be the best option for you to have that training done (as I imagine you would have had him trained as a riding horse anyway).
                  Let me apologize in advance.