Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My Carriage Driving Lessons

I have started to take carriage driving lessons.
Since I cannot ride my horses at more than maybe a walk right now because of my back,
my instructor thought this would be a good alternative.
I didn't know if I'd like it because I don't have my own driving horse.  
My two are not candidates for that!
It's probably true that you can drive longer into your senior years than ride, so I thought I would give it a try.
Right now, I feel it is more dangerous in a carriage than on the back of a horse but I'm hoping that's because I don't know what I'm doing yet!!
I've taken a couple lesson awhile ago in a two wheel cart.  That was quite bumpy.
Now I'm taking them in a four wheel carriage and it is much smoother.
I couldn't be learning with a better horse!
Justina is last year's Champion from the Arab Nationals!!

My instructor owns and drives Justina along with her assistant trainer, Stephanie.
I must say it is great fun and a lot different from riding!
I'm sure everyone thinks it is so easy because they see little Amish kids driving.
Awwwwww, , , , , , NO!
There is a lot to it, just like there's a lot more to riding than non-horse people think!
Here's Justina as she is starting to get harnessed up.
Even that is confusing for me right now.
Lots of new names of things.

Next week I will have someone take more photos of me in the carriage!
I love learning new things!



  1. Really a blessing to drive a National Champion!!!! Glad you are enjoying this. Love you. Michele

  2. Shirley, it is always fun to learn new things at our go girl!...:)JP

  3. Way to Go Shirley! Congratulations on your new endeavor and to learn to drive Justina!! What a pleasure and wonderful horse!!!


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