Obstacle Cone Driving

 

Combined Driving – Obstacle Cone Driving

Obstacle Cone Driving is the Third Competition.

 
Lusitano-Obstacle Cone DrivingObstacle Cone Driving is the Third Competition.   The obstacle cone driving event may seem easy after the emotion and racing during the marathon.   If you believe it is time for the teams to relax and finish the easy part, you are wrong.   Cone driving requires great precision on the part of the driver and coordination and teamwork when two or four horses are pulling the carriage.   Twenty sets of parallel cones are set on the ground each one has a ball on top.   The ball is not a decoration and it is not glued no to the cone.   It is just balanced there.
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Lusitano-Obstacle Cone DrivingThe cones are very close together.   The distance depends on the level competing at the time.   In the lowest levels the distance between cones is fifty centimeters.   In the professional and higher levels it is twenty two centimeters.   That is barely enough for the wheels to go through without touching either cone.   The course is not straight either. It has curves before, after and between the obstacles.   The driver has to have a great sense of distance to be able to calculate the space he needs to pull through without dropping any balls or cones.
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Lusitano-Obstacle Cone DrivingThe driver is allowed to walk the course before taking his horses and carriage into it.   This allows him to calculate on the ground how much space he has to move through while remaining between the boundary lines at the same time.   Special attention is dedicated to the cones that come or go into a curve because the boundary lines and cones have very small margins for mistakes.   One through the parallel cones the fun is not over yet.   The course will also have rails or fences strategically located in right angles or in the shape of a “U” in the curves or between them.   The carriage or horses cannot touch these either while they remain at all times within the boundaries.   Somewhere along the line they will also have to cross a thin wooden bridge that barely has room for the carriage and again they must stay within the time limits without hitting anything on the way.
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