A new development for Roger Cleverly: Equestrian Training. On April 1, 2009, we became the operators of a barn at 111, Kite Hawk Lane, Knightsen (near Brentwood) in East Contra Costa County. Here are some photographs of the facility. There is a 12 stall barn and 33 individual paddocks, many with shelters. The training arena is 60 yards x 42 yards, and there is a 50 ft round pen with a sand footing. There are many trails in the area, and quiet country roads on which to drive.
Trying a new form of driving fun, with a group of friends.
2010 has been an interesting year. There have been a number of equines join the driving ranks, some new drivers started, and some old clients take big steps forward in the level of ability. We also discovered that our 11 hand Welsh pony gelding, Spunky, is a talented Combined Driving equine.
This gallery is intended to illustrate the training methods and equipment we use when working with saddle or driving equines. We do not believe in the use of 'force', so anything we use must allow the animal to relax, accept the training and come out next time wanting to do more. Some of the training equipment and exercises from the driving world have proved very useful in improving the balance and flexibility of riding equines. Equally, it is useful to be able to get the 'feel' of a driving animal by siting on it's back. However, that is not possible with small ponies and Minis, so we have to rely on more ground work for them.