Combined Driving

 

Combined Driving

Combined Driving, the Oldest Equestrian Sport.

 
Lusitano-Combined DrivingCombined Driving is the Oldest Equestrian Sport.   Horses were first used to draw loads and carry objects and not people.   It took thousands of years before a man attempted to get on a horse.   During that time they were used as cargo bearers and to pull weights behind them.   An example of this was the need to drag a fallen tree close to the camp.   Vines or pieces of animal skins were woven together so they could be used to pull on the log.   Even today horses are used for the same purpose.   Horses are still used to pull something behind them to reduce man’s efforts and labor when he needs to move heavy weights.
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Lusitano-Combined DrivingToday, with the coming of trucks and vans and many other mechanical aids, we have stopped using them for heavy work.   We rely on the horse and buggy only for pleasure or competition.   This can be seen in many parks around the world where you can take a ride inside the park lanes in an old fashioned buggy or an elegant chariot with a dressed up driver and his assistant.   But there is another use besides pleasure for buggies drawn by horses.   It is a normal horse race where they compete for the gold, the prices or for the fame.
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Lusitano-Combined DrivingCombined driving is very much like the well-known equestrian event of Eventing.   Combined Driving has the three same phases as Eventing.   The first is a dressage competition.   The second is a cross-country marathon.   The last is an obstacle course.   Carriages are drawn by one, two or four horses.   The carriage is driven by one man who usually has one or two grooms with him to help maintain the gear in perfect shape and also to help balance the carriage as it makes close turns at crazy speeds.
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