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Thursday, 12 August 2010

Carriage driving – traditional fun for driving fans

We have a wide range of driving experiences, and some of them are a little out of the ordinary, but a carriage driving experience is a genuine blast from the past which will transport you back in time and is definitely an experience to remember. It may not be that common these days to see someone driving a carriage down the street, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the days of carriage driving are long past. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports recognises several different types of carriage driving, from speed driven racing to less formal competition where the appearance of the horse and carriage are just as important as the performance.

The practice of hitching a carriage up to a horse for transportation dates back to the 18th century when they were considered quite the modern form of transport and ranged from a single chair hooked up to more ornate and comfortable versions designed to be used for longer journeys. The practice of carriage driving has spread throughout the world, with varying designs and degrees of luxury, but on our carriage driving experiences you will be pleasantly surprised at how much more comfortable a carriage can be compared to sitting on the horse itself.

Our carriage driving experience is all overseen by a fully qualified instructor, so if, like most people, you have no prior experience on which to draw, you don’t have to worry about not knowing what to do. Your instructor will show you the mysterious process of harnessing the horse which has long confused those not in the know, and then the carriage driving begins. You will be given a demonstration on the techniques involved and some instruction before taking up the reins yourself and taking to the beautiful country roads in the area.

A carriage driving experience makes a great gift for anyone who really likes to be surprised - it certainly is a unique experience and you can be sure that a carriage driving experience is not the kind of gift people will get from everyone. A carriage driving experience also makes a great gift for history buffs who may long for the days when transport was a little simpler and life wasn’t governed by technology and who will love the chance to try something a little more traditional.

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