We prepare horses for harnessing as well as:
- performing a horse in sports competitions
- taking part in Young Horse Shows
- the Training Stations
- the leisure use.
We can take a horse to train provided that:
- the basic training of a young horse should last at least 100 days – the period can be shorter or longer since it depends on individual traits of a horse
- a horse is at least two and a half years old
- only a healthy horse can be trained ( it has to have current influenza vaccine)
- if someone desires to insure his/her horse during the sports training it is possible to do that.
If you want to own a horse prepared for driving for pairs, 4 or 6 – in – hands etc. we are the people who are able to train your horse in a professional manner.
Beside the daily training of your horse we also provide your horse with maintenance and nourishment, bringing out on a paddock and, if there is a need, taking care of hooves.
Additionally, we possess a trailer in order to transport horses.
Preparing a horse to pull a cart, it is extremely important to remember that its senses and reactions to diverse external factors were being created within the space of million of years. It is worth knowing the basic self-defence of horses is running away. That is why the beginnings of training a young horse can be sometimes difficult.
In the picture there is a five years old frisian mare. Her training was quite difficult due to her excitable character. At the very beginning she reacted violently to everything which was touching her hind legs, particularly below her ankle joints.
One of the early stages of training concerns teaching a horse going on a circle.
After some time you can stay in the middle of the circle controlling horses’ movements with your voice and hand. In the stage regular rhythm and invariable pace is extremely important.
Dynamic but balanced and on a light contact. Note the lunges, none of them is tense.
Similarly in the picture where the horse reacted to a command for slower pace and shortening steps in trot.
Here a hand is working too strongly but the horse is using her hind quarters, an engine of horse’s movement, actively. Any young horse should be “more open in throat latches”, keep the line of nose before vertical.
Too strong influence of a hand which is causing the lack of balance. The balance is disturbed by moving centre of gravity forwards.
Not active hind quarters results in lack of dynamism in mare’s movement.
Tightening the space between throat latches and a neck has nothing to do with collection. The issues are often mistaken. Training in this position is incorrect and the interference of a hand is too strong.
The next stage is to accustom the horse to pull weight. The fear caused by the sound of pulling a tyre is often and not the only problem. The first lesson is extremely important. I have heard about quite a few horses which finished their driving “career” in the stage.
Active hind quarters as well as light leaning on a bit are next aims while pulling weight.
The position of head is not bad provided that a horse is not leaning hard on a bit and is chewing it. It results in appearing white froth at the mouth. Forward-down-out neck and active hind quarters is the great exercise for muscles of the upper line since it improves horse’s losening up as well as flexibility of movements.
It cannot be forgotten that each horse needs individual attitude, which should be adjusted to the character. The initial stage of horse training should last from 15 minutes to 30 minutes per day. Every day(!) training brings the best effects.
Thorough initial preparation for driving is helpful foundation regardless of further sports or only leisure career.
Driving horses, which are attentive and work dynamically, in balance and on a light contact, is great pleasure. The correct training from the very beginning guarantees the most spectacular effects. Correcting mistakes made in the early stages of training is far more difficult and time consuming.
P.S. The above material does not contain all details on the subject of driving, but it only consists of few freely chosen elements of training.