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Pleasure Driving

Pleasure Driving is a carriage driving sport, where horses and ponies are hitched to a two or four-wheeled show cart. The horses are shown at a walk and two trotting speeds of trot, with an emphasis on manners. The horses are judged on manners, performance, quality and conformation. 

Many different horse breeds are used in the sport of pleasure driving, as any breed of horse can be trained for pleasure driving. The carts used are usually light and two-wheeled, though four-wheeled fine harness carts are sometimes used at the highest levels of competition. The carts are ofte either actual antiques or replica carriages of the day.

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Pleasure driving is a sport mainly seen in the United States.


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