Lessons are available on a one to one basis by one hour, half day (3 hours), or by arrangement to suit your needs. Please note that lessons are carried out in our 2 wheeled vehicle, which seats only 2 people.
Our Introduction Sessionis good for those new to the joys of carriage driving.
In this session we will discuss all aspects of safety, including horse and vehicle suitability, mounting and dismounting the vehicle and practice rein handling "Coachman Style," on our simulator. We will also cover how to prepare the horse for driving, harness up and put to the vehicle.
All lessons will be done with two sets of reins, like having duel controls on a learner car. Once we have "put to", we will set off and practice the three "S's", Starting, Stopping and Steering. When you feel comfortable at walk we will progress into trot.
The remainder of the session will be dedicated to safely unhitching and unharnessing the horse and taking care of the horse and equipment after the drive.
Our Introduction Session lasts for approximately 1 and a half hours.
Once you have had a taste of driving in our Introduction Session, you will be sure to want to book some more lessons. These are available in hourly sessions or you can buy a book of 5 lessons for the price of 4.
In theHalf-day lesson, you will learn how to put together a set of harness, learn the names of the individual pieces of the harness and their purpose and how to care for different types of harness. We will also discuss how to fit a set of harness to a horse so that it is comfortable and will not hinder the horse or make it sore.
Once we have "put to" we will set off for a drive, again with duel controls, and continue as the one hour lesson but with more driving practice time.
It is tradition to always wear a hat when out driving. These days it is safer to wear a hard hat to the current BHS standard. Please bring one with you.
Please wear suitable out-door clothing, and as this is Scotland, best to be prepared and bring waterproofs, there is space on the carriage to store additional clothing.
Footwear should be stout shoes, boots or trainers that have a flat sole with good grip - riding boots are not suitable as they are too smooth on the sole.
As with riding, it is advisable to wear gloves. Riding gloves or cotton ones with rubber pimples on the palms are best.
Please note that when driving in fields and along track, these may be bumpy, so may not be suitable for people with back issues. If you suffer from any health issues, please advise us when you make the booking.