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    Contact us: 01666 505051 or 07977 480144 or cotswoldcarriagedriving@yahoo.co.uk

    The traditional Coaching method of holding the reins is used in training, as encouraged by the British Driving Society, of which the trainer, Stephanie Dale, is a Member.  Lessons are also provided for experienced carriage drivers wanting to learn the Coaching method in order to pass their Road Driving Assessment Test.

    Photo courtesy of Hazel Woodbridge, taken on a Le Trec drive in Oxfordshire 

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    "Very thorough and well planned day.  Structure was spot on and the change in the horse and carriage in the afternoon gave me additional confidence.  Very enjoyable".  D Bills

    "Thorougly enjoyed this morning - thank you!  It was very helpful starting with the health and safety and harness information which helped my understanding.  Roger and Stephanie's patience with me was amazing!"  CB

    Very enjoyable and certainly challenged the brain. Lovely countryside".  C Luke

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    Two Hour Have a Go At Carriage Driving ~ Taster Session

    Half Day Lesson

    Full Day

    Carriage driving holidays in UK: Weekend and longer courses: One to Five Days: Beginners to Advanced (for cotswolds accommodation links, see menu on the left at the top of the page: Accommodation, Gift Vouchers)

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    Scroll down to see Typical Itineraries for each of the above options.  Lessons can be tailored. Carriage driving instruction will depend on the existing skills, progress made and objectives of the Student.  The aim is to have an enjoyable day and learn a new skill in a relaxed atmosphere.  The sense of achievement gained from learning to carriage drive gives you a good sense of well-being.

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    carriage drive or to improve existing techniques makes you feel great!

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    Introduction to the horses
    Health and safety issues
    Rein handling practice
    Put on the harness and attach the carriage
    Have a practice carriage drive in the field, or on the tracks
    Learn how to drive in a straight line, go round corners, change paces from walk to trot to walk to stop
    Use of the voice
    Remove the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse.
    Review the training.  

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    Morning session: 9.30 – 13.00 or
    Afternoon sessions: 13.30 - 17.00 or 14.00 to 17.30 in summer.  Please arrive 10 mins early to go through the paperwork.

    Introduction to the horses
    Health and Safety
    Rein handling practice using the traditional English Coaching method
    How to handle the driving horse when stationary and when moving
    Putting on the harness
    Putting the carriage to the horse
    In the field, practice changing paces between walking and trotting, going in a straight line, turning corners and stopping, or practice on the tracks or drive along the off-road track, the Fosse Way, built by the Romans nearly two thousand years ago
    Take the carriage away from the horse
    Take the harness off
    Care for the horse
    Review the training.

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    9.30 to 17.30 (or earlier by arrangement and driving conditions). 

    On full days: please bring your own picnic or have lunch at a local cafe or pub.

    Morning, as above.

    13.30 to 17.00 
    You may get an opportunity to drive a different horse in the afternoon.
    Recap on the morning's progress and areas to work on
    Introduction to different parts of the harness and the purpose of each part
    Rein handling practice
    Putting the harness on in the right order and putting the carriage to the horse.
    Practice carriage driving in the field and going in and out of cones or
    A longer drive on the Fosse Way in the footsteps of the Romans and along country lanes.
    Cool the horse down, remove the carriage and harness.
    Wash, feed and care for the horse.
    Review of the day.

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    Day one as above

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    Morning

    Grooming the horse and pick out the hooves
    Natural horsemanship communication, how it works and why
    Health and safety revisited
    The essential role of the groom
    Rein handling practice
    Put the harness on
    Put the carriage to the horse

    Practice driving in and out of cones.
    Road signals and road sense from a carriage driver’s perspective
    Take the horse out of the carriage and remove harness
    Care for the horse

    Lunch

    Afternoon

    Prepare the carriage horse and put to the carriage
    Approximately two hours carriage drive along roads and tracks
    Break for refreshments
    Return to base
    Cool the horse down
    Remove the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse and carriage.
    Review the day.

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    Morning

    Feeding, grooming and picking out hooves
    Natural horsemanship practice
    Lunging the carriage horse (pros and cons) and practice voice commands.
    Listening\watching for the horse communicating with you and what it means.
    What to look for when choosing a carriage driving horse
    Rein handling practice
    Prepare the horse for a drive
    Schooling the carriage horse: collected trot, extended trot, transitions and rein-back
    Prepare a free-style routine to use in a presentation show to show off your skills
    Cool the horse down
    Remove the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse.

    Lunch

    Afternoon
     
    Prepare the carriage horse and put to the carriage
    Approximately two hours carriage drive along roads and tracks
    Break for refreshments
    Return to base
    Cool the horse down
    Remove  the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse and carriage.
    Review the day.

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    Morning

    Working with a younger horse, what to be aware of, how to handle them, health and safety issues
    Stages of training a horse to drive
    Long reining practice
    Explanation of different bits and why they are used
    Discussion of the bit-less bridle

    Lunch

    Afternoon

    Prepare your horse for a presentation show competition
    Practice a free-style routine to use in a presentation show to show off your skills
    Present your show routine.
    Cool the horse down
    Remove the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse.
    Review the day.

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    Morning and Afternoon

    Health and safety revisited
    Two wheel carriage versus four wheel carriage, pros and cons
    How to balance a two wheel carriage
    Identify the right size of carriage for the horse
    Practise driving a two-wheel carriage around cones
    Remove the horse from the two wheel carriage, remove the harness
    Care for the horse.

    Prepare the carriage horse and put to the four-wheel carriage

    Drive to the pub for lunch (not included in the price) or a Tour Through Tetbury

    Approximately three hours carriage drive along roads and tracks to include the pub break
    Return to base
    Cool the horse down
    Remove the carriage and harness
    Wash, feed and care for the horse.
    Review the day.

     * Itinerary subject to change. If you have specific requirements, we can change the itinerary as required.  The itinerary can usually be amended according to your experience and objectives.

     
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