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Training
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A breif outline of accomplishments of client horses trained at Dakota Winds Farm by Carolyn Aarup



To see my Client horses and videos of their training progress, please see my Dakota Winds Farm Face Book page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dakota-Winds-Farm-Miniature-Horses-Carolyn-Aarup/247069318710852?ref=hl

 

For 2009 to 2013 Show Seasons - CLICK HERE



2017 Show Season

March 2017

Something a little larger than I usually work with ...

Proud and honoured to be hired as the Training Consultant for the new Carriage Driving program at Hope Haven Therapeutic Riding and Wellness Centre of Markdale.

This has been in the works since the winter months and now that the carriage and harnesses have arrived, we can get down to work!

DWFFred and Princess got to try on their new harnesses. Jess Ross and I ground drove both of them and they were sweethearts!

For more information on this wonderful facility, see their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hopehaventherapeuticridingcentre/
or their website: http://www.hopehavencentre.org/

 

2015 Show Season


"Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for the driving lesson and all the time you spent with us. I enjoyed driving more than I ever thought I would. It is a lot like riding and I felt quite comfortable doing it. Looking forwards to having my own mini and learning to drive him. Thanks again,

Sylvia and Pete Durocher"


Email received from Sarah McNeil ~Aug 25, 2015 re: her recent driving lesson

Thank you very much I had a BLAST!!!!!! I LOVE IT SOOSOSOSOSO MUCH!!!!!!!! I can't wait even more to get my guys going!!!!!! I am going to start looking for a harness today so I can get Promise use to it!!!!!!!! I just love Binger!!!! He was such an awesome little boy! You and him both made my day!!!!!!! Let him know that!!!!!!! You are such an amazing coach! And an excellent inspiration! I hope you know that you are my model! And I love the way you are with the horses! I can really tell that you are like me and love them like family!

Thank you again and thank Binger! He did an awesome job in putting up with me while I learned!!!!




FieldsofBlessing Knight Ryder (Ryder)
Owned by Leanne Hopkins of Owen Sound, Ontario
Sept 2015 - Ryder here for to continue his driving training (ground work done last fall)

Aug 2015 Carolyn driving Ryder during one of his driving training sessions


Oct 2015 - Owner Leanne Hopkins driving her Ryder during their post training lesson

 


Marbrookes Butterfly Kisses (Kelsi)

Owned by Sioux Salo of Gormley, Ontario
Aug - Sept 2015 - Kelsi here for driving training - to be used for therapy






Client horse Kelsi and her owner, Sioux Salo, have gone through a lot together - both physically and emotionally. They have supported each other through many trying times and have a very special bond.

Kelsi has been a therapy horse for Sioux in the past but her role has now expanded with learning how to drive.

Now Kelsi and Sioux are about to become a "mobile" team; with Kelsi driving her in the cart, Sioux is so excited to have a special type of mobility that she's never had before! They have plans to visit a local museum within driving distance from their home.

Love to see a smile on a client's face like this.





Alpha Farms Magical Contender (Toby)
Owned by Kiersten Van Hoffen of Grimsby, Ontario
August 2015 - Toby here for refresher on Obstacle training

Toby learning some new skills/experiencing new things




Toby having his post training lesson with his owner, Kiersten VanHoffen - learning how to work the Obstacles and Desensitizing



Applebrooks Aurora Golden Gala (Goldie)
Owned and bred by the Swaffields of Alliston, Ontario
July - Aug 2015 - Goldie here for driving training


Photo credit: Alysia Reichertz

Aug 22, 2015 Goldie being driven by Carolyn in her first show.

Goldie (Applebrooks Aurora Golden Gala), officially finished her training with me at the end of Aug 2015. The day was extra special for me as I had the honour of showing Goldie in her driving classes at the 2015 MHCO Savage Moor Show!

Driving a green horse in a show ring setting can be a bit unnerving as you never know how they will react to the new surroundings, new sounds of horses and vehicles driving past and around them but Goldie was a trooper and acted like she'd been doing it for years!

She won both of her Driving classes (against 5 other more experienced horses!) So proud of her!



BF Muskokas Lotsafun Tru Lexi (Lexi)
Owned by Laurel Williams of Lisle, Ontario
June/July 2015 - Lexi here for driving training

Laurel Williams driving Lexi in her post-training lesson
Received Aug 2, 2015

The 1st of June I took my mini Lexi up to Carolyn Aarup to see if she could do anything with this horse. This horse was no willing participant in the driving department by any means, just line driving her she would rear, sometimes right over on her back, spin around, & try just about anything to get out of what I was asking her to do. I was at my wits end of what to do with her. However Carolyn, with the softness & gentleness that she possesses had this horse not only line driving properly but had her on the cart & driving her in just 3 short weeks. I was afraid this horse would never drive & Carolyn never sugar coated anything, telling me that she may not, but when we left the end of July, Carolyn told me that she was a very confident driving horse, & she had a lot of potential. From a client perspective, Carolyn taught me so much. She took the time ( as much time as I needed) to show me how to drive her properly & answered all my questions. If I didn't understand she would tell me again I cannot say enough good about the experience & thank you doesn't even come close to the gratitude I feel towards this lady. So once again Carolyn thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the hard work you put into my horse.

Laurel Williams & Lexi


Lexi when she arrived at Dakota Winds Farm on June 1, 2015


Lexi after 2 months of driving training and conditioning
(Note: this pic was taken of Lexi after she had just been hosed off after a training session)

Owner Laurel Williams driving Lexi in their post-training lesson

Carolyn driving Lexi in their post-training lesson before Lexi finished her last day of training



Westwind Farms Komos Minni Me (Presley)
Owned by Joanne & Alysia Reichertz of East Garafraxa, Ontario
June 2015 - Presley here for some fine tuning on his driving & hopefully finish his HOF in Country Pleasure Driving

NEWSFLASH: Presley received his AMHR HOF in Country Pleasure Driving in June 2015! A huge congrats to my client horse Westwind Farms Komos Minni Me (aka Presley) owned by Joanne Reichertz and Alysia Reichertz for recently earning his last Grands needed to achieve his AMHR HOF in Country Pleasure Driving Over. It was an honour to drive Presley that day.
(Photo courtesy of Alysia Reichertz)




SMF's Sizzle Star Appeal (Tugs)
Owned by Desiree Wallace of Pefferlaw, Ontario
June - Aug 2015 - Tugs here for driving training


Owner Desiree Wallace in her post-training lesson driving Tugs

Carolyn driving Tugs during his owner's post-training lesson when he was finished his driving training



Noblebrook CNR Zipper (Zip)
Owned by Audrey McNaught of Acton, Ontario
May - July 2015 - Zipper here for driving training




 

2014 Show Season


Willow
owned by Gail Bacon
Carolyn show clipped Willow for Gail for the upcoming fall shows.


after her "spa" day


 



King
Owned by Christine Aitken of Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Sept 2014 - King is here for driving training





FieldsofBlessing Knight Ryder (Ryder)
Owned by Leanne Hopkins of Owen Sound, Ontario
Sept 2014 - Ryder here for ground work to prepare for driving







One of my clients, Gail Bacon and her Willow, who takes lessons on Halter & Obstacle.
Gail & Willow went in their first show and placed 1st in the Obstacle Class at the 2014 Owen Sound Fair!


Alpha Farms Magical Contender (Toby)
Owned by Carla Bowler of Markdale, Ontario


Sept 2014 - Toby is here for driving training (putting miles on him, expanding his driving ability)
 


Piano Mans Ace of Spades (Dillon)
Owned by Kerstin Madsen


Owner Kerstin Madsen showing Dillon in halter 2014
Photo courtesy of Alysia Reichertz

Dillion's first time hitched




AJ Murray's Entertains Pretty Women (JB)
Owned by Carla Bowler of Pinewood Miniatures of Markdale, Ontario www.pinewoodminiature.com
Driving lessons in 2014


Photo courtesy of Carla Bowler



JRS Hylands Im A Flashy Bay Lady (Bay Lady)
Owned by Rhonda Francis of Minden, Ontario
July/Aug 2014 - Bay Lady is here for driving training


Owner Rhonda Francis driving her Bay Lady in their "post training" lesson




Bay Lady hitched July 2014

Bay Lady when she arrived at DWF

Bay Lady after 1 week conditioning





JRS Hylands Ima Tuchof Rovlt Bailey (Bailey)
Owned by Ann Knight of Minden, Ontario
July/Aug 2014 - Rascal is here for driving training


Bailey being driven by Carolyn during training


Owner Ann Knight driving her Bailey in his "post training" lesson



Bailey when he arrived at DWF

Bailey after 1 week of conditioning





JRS Hylands Ima Handsome Rascal (Rascal)
Owned by Ann Knight of Minden, Ontario
July/Aug 2014 - Rascal is here for driving training


Carolyn driving Rascal during training



Owner Ann Knight driving her Rascal in her "post training" lesson with Carolyn



Rascal when he arrived at DWF

Rascal after 1 week of conditioning





Widemans C Tad's Toy Elf (Pip)
Owned by Mary Webb of North Bay
June/July 2014 - Pip here for driving training


Owner Mary Webb drives her Pip in their "post training" lesson


Pip's first time hooked after 2.5 weeks of ground work - he was super!

Pip's first time hooked after 2.5 weeks of ground work - he was super!




Pip after he arrived and was clipped

Pip after he arrived and was clipped




Sage Meadows Crimson 'N Gold (Cricket)
Owned by Leanne Hopkins of Sage Meadow Miniatures, Owen Sound
May 2014 - Cricket returned for "spring Tune up" & to get experience driving on roads/new surroundings


June 2014 - Leanne & Cricket in their "post- training" lesson




Dakotawinds Pampero (Royal)
Owned by Jane Parker, Conundrum Miniatures of Berkeley, Ontario
Driving lessons in 2014

 



Five Stars Cals in Time for Tulips (Tulip)
Owned by Yolanda Yott of Priceville, Ontario
Driving training in Apr/May 2014




 


Dakotawinds Matanuska (Topper formerly Bowie)
Owned by Yolanda Yott of Priceville, Ontario
Driving training in Apr/May 2014

 


 

GRF Starlight at Night (Knight)
Owned by The Trumpler family of Rosemont, Ontario
~Conditioned & "Spring Tune Up"
~ Driving training in Apr/May 2014 to prepare for the 2014 Show season - Amy & Nikki will be showing Knight in Halter and Driving on the 2014 Ontario MHCO Club show circuit & the AMHR Sanctioned Show Circuit

Nikki Trumpler driving her Knight during one of her driving lessons with Carolyn




Knight, when he first arrived at Dakotawinds Farm


After 1 month of conditioning and training


After 1 month of conditioning and training


 




Training and Service Fees *
We offer a variety of services for Miniature Horses and their Humans. All fees will specified in client/trainer contract - no hidden fees.


Training:

NOTE: All fees will specified in client/trainer contract - no hidden fees.

Halter Training = $475 per month (includes 1 complimentary lesson at end of training session)

Performance (Obstacles in hand, Hunter/Jumper in Hand, Liberty) = $500 per month (includes 1 complimentary lesson at end of training session)

Driving Training = $625 per month (includes 1 complimentary lesson at end of training session)

Lessons = $60 per hour (Horse handling, Feeding, Conditioning, Halter, Performance - Obstacles in Hand, Hunter/Jumper in Hand, Driving) Lessons can be at my farm or client's farm (travelling fee may apply). Group lessons can be arranged - rate depends on # of people in lesson

Clinics = rate to be determined depending on topic presented and length of clinic



Showing Client Horses:

NOTE: All fees will specified in client/trainer contract - no hidden fees.

We can show your horse at a variety of shows (local Shows such as fairs, Club shows, Sanctioned shows, Area shows, National Shows)

Basic Halter or Performance or Driving Training Fee plus:

Clipping = $100 pre-season clip or for horses not in Show training, $75 per horse per month for horses in Show Training

Show Day Prep Fee per horse = $30 per day for first day of show, plus $25 for each additional day actually shown. Covers cost of bathing, razoring, grooming supplies, hoof polish etc for horse per show.

Show Day Handling Fee = $30 per horse per day for Fairs, Club shows & Sanctioned shows, $50 per horse per day for National & Area Shows (covers prepping on show day and handling in classes at show)

Transportation to shows = $ 0.35 per km round trip per horse, $ 0.30 per km round trip for each additional horse owned by same client ($40 Minimum per horse per show)

All clients are responsible for all class entry fees, stall fees, coggins/health papers to cross border and any other fees related to each show as well as Farrier, vet fees, etc. If show is in the United States or long distance and a hotel is needed for overnight accommodation, hotel, food & tack stall will be split evenly between clients. All fees will be billed accordingly on monthly statements.


Other services:

Catch Handling for horses not currently in training (take your horse into the ring to show for you - horse must be prepped and show presentable) = $ 20 per class

We can help you sell your horse and/or find you a horse.

Seller Agent Fee = 10% (minimum $50) commission of sale price from owner of any horse sold through me ( includes ad posting on my website sales page) or from client as a finders fee.

*(fees subject to change but all current fees will be in contracts)


 

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