Would you like to drive or get back into driving? Maybe you have ridden for years and fancy something new?
Perhaps you feel your pony would enjoy driving?
Whatever your situation, we can provide the help, advice, tuition and support to help you reach your goals! Whether you want to have your horse or pony trained to drive, an experienced eye cast over your harness to make sure it fits, have a niggle you want to iron out, just want some basic lessons or a combination of everything - we can help!
We take horses and ponies for training livery, pairs training,'refresher', 'tune ups' and holiday livery.
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A note regarding training....
'You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.' - Antoine de Pluvinel
Here at DK Carriage Horses, we endeavour to train with kindness, patience and understanding. We don't rush and we only take one or occasionally 2 horses/ponies at a time. We are
not cheap but we aim to work in partnership with owners to train a safe, happy equine who owners can enjoy and feel confident with. Training to harness sometimes is not to be, and we will always
be open and honest regarding your equine's prospects in the driving field. We will always be on hand to give advice and support for as long as required. Just a warning however - its completely
Some tips for preparing your horse or pony for training -
* When handling/riding your horse, use voice commands clearly - 'walk on', 'trot on', 'aaand walk' 'stand'.
* Try to expose him to all kinds of noises/sounds- especially behind him.
* Practice walking over different surfaces.
* Get him used to having things touch his bottom, legs and sides.
* If you have harness, let him get used to the feel of it especially blinkers/crupper. If this goes well, practice the above wearing it.
* If you know how, long rein using your clear voice commands.
* Try to ensure your horse is good in traffic and get him used to a wide variety.
* Practice having him stand quietly whilst you stand in front of him.
All these things are immensely helpful when he comes for training and contribute to a safer, more secure process.
Contact us for an informal chat about your requirements
As former Head Coachman of the Household Cavalry,
Danny has more than 17 years Coaching and Carriage Driving experience and has successfully competed and judged at the highest level, both nationally and internationally.
From driving a team through the centre of London, surrounded by 200 horses on parade to Ascot high street on race day to encountering combine harvesters on narrow country lanes, he has experienced most of what driving can throw at you!