I got a great little success e-mail last week from one of my west-coast students, Deb Holmes. She’d just finished up the Equestrian Institute Combined Driving Event in Ethel, WA where she won her division. The note read: RE: “There’s no place like home” Andy, Thank you again for all your words of wisdom, catchphrases […]
Carriage drivers may be a little more isolated from the horse than riders, but that doesn’t mean that you loose the “feel” for the horse. Here’s a great exercise to get reconnected to your horse from the carriage. Your Momentum Map Think about momentum for a moment. For example, picture yourself in your truck and […]
The more they stay the same! I was asked an interesting question this morning about my upcoming class on driving cones. “Will the content be applicable to both lower and upper levels?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” The strategies for driving cones don’t change from one level to the next. Sure, the times and clearances […]
The strategy behind driving a serpentine obstacle on a carriage driving cones course is all about staying one step ahead of the turn. It’s quite different than a serpentine in driven dressage. The trick is to stay as close to the centerline of the series of cones as possible. Take a look at this video to learn more about how to drive this obstacle.
I gotta say, I had a really good time this past weekend. Well, that shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, since I was surrounded by some of my favorite people and ponies. But I went into the weekend a little tentative. I’ve had this thought of hosting a driving camp for quite a while, […]