This does not look like January but it is! 2012 starts off rather mild which is great since Kathy from Canada wanted to take driving lessons this week. It was cold but not icy. Kathy came to Montana from British Columbia with her son Tristan.
She has a couple draft horses but didn’t know anything about driving and wanted to see if it was something she would like or not. She DID like!
They both got to drive horses, but it is more Kathy’s passion than her son’s.
For some reason I didn’t get photos of the first pair of horses they drove, but Nikko and Maverick were used for these lessons.
The driver typically sits on the right of the carriage but since the foot pedals for the brakes are there, we found it is better to not make those controls available to a new driver until they get more experience on how best to use them.
As part of Kathy’s experience we used Rio as a single for her to drive. Rio will be five years old in 2012. He is a Haflinger/Paint cross gelding. He stands about 14.1 hands tall. He is for sale on our web site – see the pages for Horses for Sale if you are interested.
He is a sweet driving horse and gave Kathy a nice lesson.
I didn’t follow them on their daily drives so all the photos are taken in the yard so I could run out of the office and take a few quick pictures.
We really enjoyed getting to know Kathy and Tristan and hope they can come back for more driving experience.