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Hi Andy, I really appreciated the Teaching your horse to Stand video from some years ago! A co-driver also purchased it and we have a new equine to work on. I am sure I previously purchased it but cannot find it in my history. Any advice on how to find it? Thanks, it was so very good that We wish to review it!
I didn’t get a chance to download the Navigator’s Clinic…. I bought the class last month and now I can’t see it anymore. Is it possible to put it back on my account?
This time I promise to download it!
Christine S Roseberry
I am working with my Classic Shetland pony to transition him from show to carriage. He is 7 years old. I ordered the Stand lesson plan and I have been working on Lesson One. He is doing well standing in the crossties to up to 4 min. My question is how long should I expect him to stand without moving? I was thinking to work toward 5 min before moving on to the next session, but what do you think?
Marguerite Wilcock. 1) On a two wheel carriage in PD, when is a wedge seat used, and which design?
2)Any classes arranged for sleigh driving. We have deep snow.
I have a 13yr old well seasoned, but never gone sleighing, cob.
Wedge seats can be used on any two wheel carriage according to the driver’s preference. That said, they are more frequently seen on gigs than on road carts or Medwabrooks.
As far as design goes, well, there’s a wide variety. Some are created to sit on top of the seat cushions, then strapped down with belts that either go around the seat platform or are screwed into the body of the carriage. Others are built on a frame of wood that sits on the carriage seat platform without any other cushion. To be clear, the cushion is built into the wedge seat block.
Generally in pleasure driving the wedge seats do not have sides to them like the marathon wedges. Of course, if that makes you feel more secure, and therefore drive better, I don’t think you’d be heavily criticized for it.
Yes, sleigh rallies are a thing! Often they are run very similar to pleasure shows with classes based on horse performance (working), driver performance (reinsmanship), and turnout. There are also games and cones classes as well.
Sleigh rallies tend to be a bit more casual than regular shows, since most of the novelty is just about getting together, driving sleighs, and trying not to freeze while doing it.
Deep snow is not preferred, since sleighs perform best on hard packed snow. I’ve always found it ironic that in order to have a good sleigh rally, the ring usually needs to be plowed first!
As the warm weather departs and the cooler temps arrive, my mind is pulling me toward training goals to work on this fall/winter. As you know, I’ve taken several live classes and I’ve also purchased many of the lesson plans and articles. Now, I’m looking to develop a plan for this year’s training. And when I look over the wealth of information I’ve gathered from Coachman’s Delight, I’m a tad overwhelmed and not 100% how I should order things. I will be working with two different horses (both minis). One (age 8) is already driving and a bit above “green” but we have a lot of refinement work to do. The other (age 6) is trained well in ground manners and we’ve had one session of ground driving so far.
Below is a list of the lesson plans/articles I have on hand. I’ve put them in a tentative order. Would you be able to review this and perhaps give me some insight on the order you would recommend? Thanks in advance!
Stand (Ground, While Hitching, In Work)
Half-Halt Lesson Plan
Long Lining Basics
Elementary Long Lining
Longeing to Long Lining
Ground Driving to Long Lining
Long Lining the Wave
Moving off the Whip Ground Driving
The Outside Rein
Outside Rein Tune Up
Transitions on the 8
Carriage Side Step
Developing the Walk
Lengthening the Trot
Long 8 Outside Rein
The items listed below are on my “wish list” to purchase. Based on the list above, what priority order would you put these in?
Long Lining Half Halt (LP)
Warmup that Works (Article)
Standing For Life (Article)
The Halt (Article)
Building the Half Halt (Article)
Get it Straight (Article)
Learning to Lengthen (Article)
Building the Half Halt (Class – I forgot to download my stuff last spring :O)
Long Lining 101 (Class)
Well, you certain have plenty work on there!
It can be overwhelming. I always tell people to start where they are inspired the most.
Obviously I’m a huge advocate for the stand work as a primary base for all training.
The long lining and ground driving will be excellent for the young one, and beneficial to the grownup pony.
Next I’d focus on the walk work, and half halts.
Transitions, using those half halts, then see where your inspiration takes you.
There’s no one set course of action. Everybody makes their own mix. Don’t feel like one necessarily is a prerequisite to the next, nor below the last.
Get good at one or two lesson plans and work them for a few sessions, then play with something else. When you return to the earlier lesson plan, it will work even better than it did the first go around.
Have fun, and keep us updated!
Thanks Andy! This is helpful and a reminder to not get stuck to far into the weeds!!
I recently attended the online course about the half-halt. So far I have been unable to download the corresponding articles, so I can study them. Are they ready to download and print?
Thanks for signing up for the class. You can always access any classes you’ve signed up for by logging in. Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘My Classes’ tab in the secondary menu. That will show you the classes you’ve signed up for. Click on the class you’d like to view, and all of the course materials will be there waiting for you.
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Andy…..I was wondering if you have a long-lining class that goes beyond the basics. By the outline of the class “101 Long-lining” it states it is for people who have not long-lined before or who have not done it for awhile. Before I started driving in 2014 I had been an Dressage and Hunter/Jumper rider, so I had what we called “double-lunged” for 35 years. We also bred Sport Horses [Warmbloods & TB] for 20 of those years and I did all the basic ground work on those babies with double lunge lines from when they were yearlings on up and therefore when their new owners got them as 3 yr olds and they started to back them….they were amazed that these unbroke horses moved forward with impulsion into the bridle from behind from the get go. They all knew the verbal commands of walk, trot, canter, halt and stand before they were ever ridden and they were very mannerly because of that schooling. I ALWAYS used two lines on my horses no matter what age. Now I am not sure if what I was doing is what you call Long-lining and if it is…..I would like to learn more on this skill and different exercises that you can do to teach leg-yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in etc. because I can no longer do this in the saddle. 10 years ago I had a horrific riding wreck on the side of a mountain and was not expected to live my injuries were so massive and severe. I spent months in a Trauma unit fighting for my life….I was 60 yrs old at the time and I survived but I was left with baggage of coarse and although I am back riding now…I can only handle a walking horse as any trotting is just too painful due to the massive chest, pelvic, and multiple back fractures….. so I am now a trail rider, but cannot do any schooling anymore at the sit trot. I do love trail riding, but I missed the discipline of schooling over jumps and dressage so I found the sport of “Combined Driving” in 2014 and I love it !!! I am now 70 yrs. old and because I cannot ride the sit trot any more I want to see if I can school those lateral movements on the long-lines so that is why I am inquiring….first…do you think I need to start with the “101” coarse or do you think that I could start with an intermediate coarse if you have one. I love your blogs and read them all the time. I started driving in 2014 and drove my first CDE in 2015. Last year I moved up to Preliminary with my horse. We both started out as greenhorns and I have loved the journey learning about Combined Driving with my horse and looking back and seeing our progress….that is the best part…..the journey. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your story. I’m glad you found driving!
I would recommend that you go ahead and signup for the Long Lining 101 class because it will likely give you some tips and tools that may not have been part of your training in the past. Sure, much of it will be review for you, but it never hurts to review the fundamentals. Even if you pick up just one or two little pieces or techniques that you didn’t know about, it’s worth it.
If you want a really challenging long lining lesson that will give you a good foundation for doing lateral work, check out the Long Lining the Wave lesson plan. That lesson plan focuses in on lateral flexibility and managing contact through a complex figure on the long lines.
I will be working on a “beyond the basics” long lining class to followup the 101 class in the future.
I’ve been driving sinc the late 1960’s and recently had my first runaway. I believe you mentioned a class or booklet on this subject , but can’t find it on the website. I’m very interested in your opinions on the subject.
Sorry to hear about your troubles! Next week’s class is Drive Past the Spook, which is sort of the pre-cursor to the Run Away class. In short, many of the tips and tricks in the Spook class will help people avoid getting into the a runaway situation in the first place. The Runaway class will be up for a re-do in late January or February. I’ll be certain to let everyone know about that through my newsletter, and with a post here on the website.
Andy, the pony I drive becomes frozen when she spooks, which although far preferable to bolting, rearing, spinning or many other responses, is something I’m really struggling to overcome with her. Is the “superglue-response” covered in Drive Past the Spook?
Ah yes, I am quite familiar with the “superglue response.” The short answer is that you’ll need to use your connection through the bit to get her to continue confidently forward. It may seem counter-intuitive to take a firm hold of the bit when the pony has stopped moving forward, but it helps direct the pony toward a better response.
The pony is giving you a form of spook known as “balking.” As you say, it’s far preferable to spinning, rearing, or bolting, but can be frustrating none-the-less. It’s common when approaching a water crossing or similar obstacle.
To answer your second question on this. Yes, I do cover this in the “Driving Past the Spook” class.
Hello Andy! Do you still offer individual video lessons/consults?
I certainly do. All you need is some good video, and we can do a 1 on 1 online meeting.
Do you have any lesson plans for reining the four in hand and tandem? I have my rein board and would like to learn and practice the reining technique before moving up from pairs. I now see I need to strengthen me left hand. Rein board with four 2.5 # weight is a lot on my left hand.
I don’t have anything written for that yet. It’s quite possible that I’ll get something together over the winter as I work on some of the reinsmanship classes. In the mean time, you could see if you could find a copy of “The Art of Driving” by Max Pape. That’s one of the better references for handling tandem & 4-in-hand reins.
Where are you located?
Massachusetts, most days.