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Carriage Driving Lesson

 Young learner driver with horse and carriage

Carriage driving ponies and donkey 

Carriage Driving at Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure

Pair of black horses in carriage

Heavy Horse Harrowing Indoor School

Single horse driven to four wheeled vehicle  Carriage driver's view along country lane

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Carriage Driving

Carriage Driving is both skillful and fun. We have a large number of horses suitable for driving in single harness suitable for all levels of experience. Private lessons can be arranged and instruction can take place in our floodlit indoor school or outside, so the weather need never be a problem.  We are lucky to be surrounded by quiet country lanes, and also have tracks around our farm which are suitable for carriages. 
If you love horses, but are unable or do not wish to ride then carriage driving could be a great way for you to interact and have fun with horses.  We are able to provide lessons for both children and adults.
We can offer one off lessons, for people who would like to just have a go, or by taking regular lessons, we can help you to progress all the way through from the very begining to driving pairs and combinations, or teach you how to break in your own pony, or what to look for if you are looking to buy a driving pony for your family. 
Have your children outgrown their pony, but don't want to sell him? Why not train him for driving, then all the family can have fun together for years to come? We can help you to get started.

Beginners Horses
Numbering twenty, these range in height from 11 hh to 16.0 hh and have been picked for their skills in teaching driving to the novice. They will happily allow you to deck them in private, trade or heavy horse harness and teach you all the skills you require to make you confident.

More Experienced Drivers
For people with some experience we also have a number of horses, which work in pairs. Some of which are used for the Wedding Carriage. Tuition is available using these horses.

Training a Pony to Drive
Thinking of training your own horse or pony to drive? We can teach you all the essentials that you will need to know, and give you guidance along the way.
Long reining 
Long reining is a useful skill, not just for training a driving pony, but also for exercising a ridden pony. We can teach you how to do it safely and effectively. 

Valley Farm has held approved B.D.S. Tests for drivers.
The proprietor, Sarah Robertson has been driving horses since the age of twelve and was formerly a member of the British Driving Society, for a great number of years. Her instruction is along these lines to prepare clients for B.D.S Tests if they wish. She has experience with a number of different driving styles having studied for two years in a very successful competitive driving yard in South Africa.
updated 04/11/2016