Horse Driving Clinic
So, you want to learn to drive horses!!
It seems like a simple thing, but because horses are flight animals, it’s important to learn how to do this in a safe and supervised environment. Get guidance and coaching as you learn, practice and master the fundamentals of ground driving, harnessing and the dynamics of driving a team.
We offer two programs. First, a one day program covering the basics of equipment, safety, hooking and driving. The second program is a two day clinic that provides a deep dive into driving with ample hands-on time. To find out which program (or both) is right for you, please contact us. We will be happy to have a conversation to determine what suits your experience level best. These courses are for people experienced with horses, though perhaps without experience in the driving discipline. For those without much horse experience, ask about auditing the course.
These clinics include learning and individual time with our herd of horses. For coaching with your horse or team, connect with us to discuss private coaching.
Register soon as space is limited to ensure everyone gets plenty of interaction with the trainer and an opportunity for hands-on participation.
Learn the basics from experienced teamster, Mike Hopp. Mike is a lifelong horseman and grew up at the elbow of his grandfather, Art Hopp. Mike has been driving teams for over 20 years and has been competing in skills competitions for more than ten years. Mike has competed with two teams of draft horses in chore team competitions at the Bar U Ranch in southern Alberta, the Rimby Chore Team competition, the Patricia Rodeo log skid competition. He has been an exhibitor at Pioneer Acres at Irricana, Alberta and has been involved in numerous community activities with the teams.
Participation provides an understanding of the fundamentals of driving and basic horse psychology.
- Parts of the harness and equipment
- Harnessing the horse & hooking to equipment
- Safety and problem solving
- Horse behaviour
- Communicating with the driving horse
- Ground driving
- Driving a single horse and a team
- What you need to know about starting and retraining horses
Participants require a certain level of horsemanship prior to starting on a driving project to ensure the safety of handlers as well as horses.
This course is an excellent opportunity for the beginner and experienced driver of both light and heavy horses to expand their knowledge. Horses and equipment will be supplied.
The clinic includes theory, demonstration and hands-on experience. Some audit spaces are available. Contact us to inquire.