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Horse and Carriage Driving Lessons

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Horse and Carriage Driving Lessons

Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Horse and Carriage Driving Lessons

workshop

Horse and Carriage Driving Lessons

Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

What a Lesson Involves: Horse: Introduce guests to “Riverside Beauty”, our fabulous cob About horses - do's and dont's, safety, how to handle a horse, grooming, feeding - and answer any questions. Harness: Identifying harness parts Correct harness fitting Safety aspects Care and cleaning Harnessing up: We put the harness on the horse Carriage: Identify parts Discuss safety Whip Etiquette: What to wear relevant to the type of carriage and the weather Hat and gloves are a must a all times Putting to - (correct terminology for hitching or yoking up the horse to the carriage) The horse is put to the carriage, everything is checked for safety and we head out on the quiet country roads Out on the road we discuss: Rein handling Correct use of driving whip Voice commands Road awareness and hand signals Time for guest to relax, ask questions and enjoy the Irish countryside When the guest is comfortable that they can manage, they take the reins themselves and drive the horse and carriage home. Unhitching (unyoking the horse from the carriage): Harness removed in reverse order Harness checked and packed away Horse groomed, fed and watered Carriage is put safely away and cove

Your host

Learn more about Marj

Marj

I was the National Novice Horse Pairs Horse Driving Trials Champion in 2012. In 2010 I started to provide horse and carriage trips in the beautiful village of Howth in North County Dublin where I lived at the time, operating as Howth Horse & Carriage Co. I have since relocated to Ballynavortha, Tullow, Co. Carlow, where I continue to offer horse and carriage rides operating as Carlow Carriages - www.carlowcarriages.com. I particularly like to provide lessons in carriage driving where the guest actually gets to drive a horse and carriage. As only one or two people can participate at a tim

What's included

Equipment
All equipment is provided - just wear a hat and gloves and appropriate footwear - and dress for the Irish weather.

Where you'll be

Guests meet us at our property in Ballynavortha, a renovated old farmhouse built c.1780, set in the heart of rural Irish countryside along the Wicklow Mountains foothills. The route follows a short part of the famous 74km walking trail from Dublin to Clonegal, with fantastic views out towards Mt. Leinster, the highest peak in the Blackstairs Mts. If wished, a trip to our local pub, Egans Bar at Parkbridge, just over 4km away, can be included.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Carriage driving lessons are suitable for all ages and abilities, from teenagers to nonagenarians. Safety We take care to ensure the health and safety of everyone concerned – whip (a carriage driver is called…

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

We use our competition vehicle put to a single horse for all introductory carriage driving lessons. Pair driving lessons are available for experienced single drivers, using our competition vehicle.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Marj
Horse and Carriage Driving Lessons
New experience
£65/person
New experience
£65/person