My boss recently got two sets of Percheron teams (he is new to teams but not new to driving or horses by any stretch) but we are hoping that we can get them to go single as well. I have already separated them from each other and they seem to be coping. However I have tried one single, who ended up being scared of the training cart and refused to turn or stop once we got walking. We have a wide track a bit less than a mile around. He started speeding up and would not respond to my commands, going in the opposite direction that I was steering, and completely ignoring the bit despite it being a straight curb bit. Ended up having to bail out of the forecart. I had ground driven him before and he was fine, though he spun around a bit.
Anyway I tried one of the other ones for riding. She tolerated a rider no problem, but despite the shank bit I used (this was a snaffle shank bit as opposed to a straight bar) at various degrees of leverage, she ignored my command to turn the opposite direction of the herd she could see. Other than that, she did nothing wrong. So it seems to be some kind of trend that team horses don’t turn well (?)
I realize that it is probably easier to get single horses and put them in a team rather than buying a team that is always a team but I didn’t have that choice in this situation.
Does anyone have any advice for training these team horses to go single? Do I need to start from scratch training them to drive?