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Page 44 midwest horse digest April 09
Inspirational:
Scottie Stoddard
Takes Carriage
Driving Lessons
“Driving has given me a reason for
living,” says Scottie about her carriage driving
lessons at the Florida Carriage Museum and
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Resort. For the last three years she has
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acquired the skills to maneuver a horse and
carriage through sets of traffic cones with
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ease. This week, Scottie, who is quadriplegic,
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is using her new Bennington carriage for the
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first time. She tells that it is built specifically
provides essential, balanced
with a low profile making it easy for her in her
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electric wheelchair to go up the rear ramps
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into position for driving. Its light weight makes
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looped reins that go around her wrists. Velcro
secures the loops which also acts as a quick-
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favorite horse, and Shadow, her second
favorite, are not afraid of her wheelchair and
the noises of the lock-down which secures her
wheelchair in place. Scottie explains, “They
listen to my voice and don’t take advantage of
me.” Scottie says, “When you have a well-
trained carriage horse who responds to your
voice, you don’t need a lot of fingers and
hands!”
Scottie got her inspiration for driving
when watching the movie Ben Hur and said to
herself, “I think I could drive a horse if I could
find a special carriage like those chariots.” Her
first carriage was a Thornlea Carriage with a
hydraulic lift made in Indiana. Her new car-
riage is made in England and is specifically
designed for use by a driver in a wheelchair.
Scottie had the pneumatic wheels made for
driving in the Florida sand and on the road-
ways at the Florida Carriage Museum and
Resort.
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