Driving

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Barry explains how he teaches a pair of Friesian mares to walk calmly on rubber bits and why we are giving this lesson over a short-distance drive. He talks about the importance of horses listening to you, why we drive hard-pulling and hard-mouthed horses in rubber bits and shows how we control horses that are fresh out the stable.
These horses were sent to us because they wanted to go at 90mph everywhere, wouldn't walk out the yard and wouldn't stand still. We are trying to get them to walk on a slack rein just off the voice instead of hanging onto their mouths to get them to stay at a slower pace. Although they are being driven in rubber bits, we still want them to respond mainly off the voice.
As these horses throw their heads up in the air to evade the bit (a habit which can be due to having a severe bit in their mouths to control them previously) we have put a standing martingale on them. We

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Jack was sent to us to be broken as his owners want to compete him in driving trials. In this film we show him being driven in town, around country lanes and in our arena. We also explain how wet weather can affect driving horses, why we drive out in all weathers and why we believe training horses to be safe, confident and happy should be a standard part of breaking a horse to harness.
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Foggy, a 5yo dapple grey gelding, had been broken to ride prior to coming to us. This pony had learnt to throw his rider off before coming home, and was not good in traffic, so he was sent to us to be broken to drive by his new owners.

When this pony was sent to us, we were concerned that he was not suitable for his owners as he was very strong-willed, independent-minded and needed to be "driven" rather than "sat behind". Even if his owners were experienced drivers, he would still need to be handled and driven correctly so that he was not allowed to slip back into his old habits. If he detected a weakness or inconsistency in the driver's commands (for example, asking him to stand still and then not actually making him stand, or asking for a trot and then allowing him to remain at the walk), he would start to act as he saw fit instead of listening to the driver's instructions.

We discuss why we

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This film illustrates the importance of a pony having confidence in its driver. We were concerned that Foggy's owners would not be able to drive him as he had no respect for them. We show how the pony behaves for us, and predict how he will react when his owner drives him. We advised them to take him home for a short period to see whether they could handle him in the correct manner, then bring him back to be finished off. However they stated that they wanted to drive him on his return. We did not think this was a good idea for the reasons stated on the film - they came to drive him prior to taking him home.
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