Touchstone Farm offers a program of weekly carriage driving lessons in Spring and Fall in 10-week blocks.
By taking lessons with us, you can enjoy a consistent time to practice your harnessing, putting to, driving skills, and unhitching abilities so that YOU can independently drive with a friend or spouse safely and successfully. You will learn:
- Harnessing basics (hitching and unhitching) and the function of harness parts
- “Putting to” a vehicle and driving different types of vehicles
- Vehicle safety
- Driving safety
- Correct entry into a vehicle
- Emergency procedures
Depending on students’ interests and skills, lessons may also include dressage, cones, obstacles and driving for pleasure down the road. An optional goal for all lessons is to gear up for participating in clinics and driving events offered at the farm throughout the year.
Lessons are with Touchstone Farm vehicles and with Touchstone horses or ponies, and the cost of these are included in the lesson rate.
Lessons are offered in pairs of two with a maximum of two horse and four students.
Harnessing Lesson – Rein Board/Ground Driving Only - 1 hour
- Private Lesson $65
- Semi-Private Lesson $50
Driving Lesson with Our Horse - 1 hour
- Private lesson $65
- Semi-Private lesson $50 (by permission only to ensure the safe driving of two turnouts in one lesson)
Safety Support Person to drive with a student driver to practice either in the ring or down the road (when the student is proficient in driving without the instructor)
- One hour $35
- Half hour $20
Training fees and lessons for drivers who wish to bring their own horse to use the Touchstone facility can be individually negotiated with Boo Martin. Private lessons are also available for special requirements if space and time allows. Email Boo Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Questions? Contact Boo Martin at email@example.com or (603) 654-6308.