Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown takes the reins at Jackson Fork Ranch
I learned what it takes to drive a two horse hitch at Jackson Fork Ranch in Bondurant, Wyoming. Dallin Summers showed me the
ropes reins and the mechanics behind maneuvering a horse-drawn carriage. There’s more to it than it looks.
Team work between horse and driver is key. Yet even more important, the horses need to work together to keep control over the weight of the wagon. No where was this more evident than when I watched Garth and Luke descend a hill, with the wagon behind them. I was seated up front with Dallin who explained the logistics to me. The older horse was teaching the younger horse how to hold the weight.
Dallin also explained the different levels of control the bit and driving reins offered. Just like horseback riding, the lighter the hands on the reins, the softer the mouth of the horse – once again, team work at play.