© Ben H. Nolt, Jr.
December 2004


We start as individuals and then learn to work together.


Respect each other.


Sue driving Mico at Penn State Agricultural Days

Sue driving Mico at Penn State Agricultural Days

What we experience through training results in how we perform at work. (The way you practice is the way you play.)

The more experience you have the better you can do your job. Know who you are working with.

Take the time needed to develop the team.

You are part of the team.

As “team leader” – let the rest of the team know what you expect Get their attention before you ask them to do something. Efficiency and order are important.

Put it on and take it off in the same order Collar, saddle, crupper, bridle, reins Coupling reins, pole attachments, traces Traces – pole attachments – coupling reins Reins, bridle, crupper, saddle, collar NEVER hitch or unhitch with the bridle/reins off Observe everything before taking any action.


Pay attention to detail.



Stay alert!Driving

Be aware of where you are going and have a plan on how to get there.

Extra help is always nice.

Reins: Ya gotta know how to hold ‘em.

A soft hold is the best.

Make adjustments as needed.


Sometimes it takes two hands.

Be flexible.

Be safe.

Give and take is important.

Timing is everything.

Use your space.

Breathe Cues are important.

Subtle cues are even better.

Know when to walk.

Rest as needed.

Expect the unexpected and be ready to respond and not react. No two horses and no two pairs are alike.

Give and take is important.

Less is more.

Have the right equipment for the job at hand.


Horse Drawn cart

Know your equipment well. Understand how it works. There are more ways than one to accomplish a task. Practice – Practice – Practice The way you practice is the way you play.

You are always learning – the horses are always learning. Therefore you are always training/teaching/learning. Forward always forward.

Many times things will straighten out if you just move forward.

Have confidence – in yourself and in those with whom you are working (the horses) Use the break when needed – but not too much.

Allow the horse, pony, or pair to do their job.


Don’t over do it.

Know when to quit.

Clean up when you are finished.

Take good care of your teammates!!

Have Faith – leap and the net will appear!

Be willing to share.

Have fun.