Learn to Drive Your Own Horse

Continuing Education - Drive Your Own Horse

What can you expect from this program/course?

You have been training your horse in the round pen, harnessing, and ground driving; you are almost ready to hook up. Let us help you take that next step in a safe and supervised environment!

What will you learn?

The Olds College instructor will make sure the basics of harnessing and driving are understood by you and your horse before helping you hitch up. You will hitch to one of the instructor's trained driving horses. This will allow a safe, horse-friendly learning experience for you and your horse. When all is right with you both, you may move up to hooking to your own carriage or driving cart in a safe and supervised environment.

Program at a glance

Credential: Non-credit

Length of Program: 2 Days  

Delivery: Olds Campus

Program Dates: TBD

Applications Open: Registrations are accepted as long as there are seats available, however this class fills quickly, so you are encouraged to register early. This class has a maximum of 8 students to ensure your safety and an optimal learning experience.

Prerequisites: None

Fees: $349 + GST (includes textbook)

Required Materials: Appropriate footwear (no running shoes) & clothing suitable for working with horses and variable weather.

Stabling is included in the cost of the course. Stalls are located in the McClellan Arena Complex. Stalls are bedded with shavings, and shavings will be supplied for topping up.

You may bring your own horse (optional) as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • Your horse must be calm, well-broke and tie.
  • No stallions are allowed on campus
  • Please ensure the health of your horse (& up-to-date vaccinations) before bringing your horse on campus

One week prior to arrival, please ensure that you have submitted the required Biosecurity Agreement.

Instructor Bio

Dwayne McArthur has been a teamster starting, training and driving horses the old fashion way for over 15 years. As new ways, thoughts and processes have progressed over the years, he has been introducing them into the program & courses here at the College. When dealing with 1200 - 2200 lbs draft horses, Dwayne is a believer that one needs to be firm, while using as little pressure as possible. The safety of his students, as well as his horses, is his main priority. Dwayne supplies his own horses for the program at Olds College, he has 7 teams for all different levels of drivers and teamsters. When Dwayne is teaching at the college, his style is the same as when back home on the ranch  - no 'fancy stuff' or showing. He does sleigh and wagon rides, as well as field work and logging at home, and brings this experience and knowledge to share in the classroom.

Can youth take this course?

For our equine short courses, there is technically no age restriction. As long as a student is 13, independent (no parents along to oversee) or over and feels confident with the subject (ex. If taking Driving Clinic or Horse Hoof Care they are comfortable/experienced handling horses), then we will allow them to enroll. We have had a number of teenagers take most of the short equine courses over the years and they have been successful.

Can I bring my own horse to this clinic?

No, in order to maintain a safe environment for all of our participants, the instructor supplies all horses and equipment for this clinic. If you would like to bring your own horse, please look into the 'Learn to Drive Your Own Horse' clinic also offered here at Olds College.