This gallery is intended to illustrate the training methods and equipment we use when working with saddle or driving equines. We do not believe in the use of 'force', so anything we use must allow the animal to relax, accept the training and come out next time wanting to do more. Some of the training equipment and exercises from the driving world have proved very useful in improving the balance and flexibility of riding equines. Equally, it is useful to be able to get the 'feel' of a driving animal by siting on it's back. However, that is not possible with small ponies and Minis, so we have to rely on more ground work for them.
Long lining Freddie on the 'circle of hell'. It trains the equine to flex the spine laterally.
The Pessoa rig guides the animal to the 'point of natural carriage.'
Working on bit acceptance, cues and flexibility.
Using Muffy Seaton's techniques to teach lateral bending. Note the inside rear leg stepping under the body.
Teaching an equine not to be afraid of unusual noises behind, and to use his body to pull weight.
Teaching a driving pony to accept shafts banging against its body.
Getting a pony used to the cart, without the weight of the driver.
Same pony taking the weight of the driver. The header is there for safety.
A Welsh pony taking the cart and driver in his stride.
Nathan Harris and Lint winning the Gambler's Choice [Pony] at the Fall Classic.
Alyson Harris and Hidden Y's Cadillac at the Fall Classic.
My ex track TB, Charlie's Coup.
My 4 year old Dales x Welsh driving prospect, learning his basics under saddle.
From family pony to Prelim level Combined Driving winner, 11 hand Welsh pony, Spunky.
Michael Cussen and his QH, Buster.
Gabby Johnson and her Thoroughbred, Patrick.
Ginny Krewson on her ex track Thoroughbred, Aidan.
Krissy Torkington and her Mini, Kristen's Black Magic [Blackie] with ribbons.