Marc’s calm, compassionate and fair approach to teaching horses and drivers to drive horse drawn carriages, reflects his lifetime work with horses and driving. From driving carriages at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace, Marc has gone on to work on film sets with horses across the world and continues to do so with his own company The Cavalry of Heroes. Set up in 2014 to improve the working lives of performing horses, Marc and The Cavalry of Heroes continue their mission by looking to the past for the future of horses – building sustainability back into our planet through the teaching of traditional horsemanship skills for everyday life. You can read more about the Future of horses here.
Marc’s training has produced a family of beautiful horses for hire alongside a wonderful collection of carriages for Film & TV, Events and Special Occasions and he is fully insured and experienced to train horses into harness and teach carriage driving. More information can be found below on the driving horses and carriages services that are available from Marc, but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Marc.
Learning to Drive a horse and Carriage
From one-to-one lessons to online courses, Marc calmly and thoughtfully teaches the traditional skill of driving a horse and carriage. Once you start carriage driving you open up this incredible world of horsemanship on an entirely different level. Marc teaches traditional coachman style just like he did when he worked at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace.
Training Horses to Drive
Marc is fully insured and experienced to train horses into harness. We have a selection of carriages, agricultural training equipment and harness to get horses used to driving. All is done with the safety of the horses and drivers in mind. Training livery is available at our HQ near Hay-on-Wye, Wales. See here for more details.
Gift Certificate – Half Day Carriage Driving Experience
Available as a present for yourself or for someone special, this half day carriage driving experience opens up the world of carriage driving for anyone with an interest. For those with a lot of horse knowledge this experience goes into enough detail to help you make a decision about pursing carriage driving in the future and for anyone looking for an experience to treasure or give as a gift, this half day encompasses just the right about of learning with lots of fun. The gift certificate is available for one or two people and can be bought online here.
For learning from home if you can’t get to our HQ. We want to spread our message of building sustainability back into our planet through the teaching of traditional horsemanship skills for everyday life as far as possible, and we realise that you can’t always make it to our HQ here in Wales, so we’ve created these online courses just for you. From how to drive a horse and carriage, harnessing up and the different formations, to specifics about agricultural work with horses, see our courses here for more details.
Training Demos for arenas about working sustainability with horses. Discussions and presentations around training techniques from Marc Lovatt in training horses with compassion to be highly versatile and dependable, incl. driving carriages and trick riding, to the role of horses and carriages in specific periods through-out history. More information about Marc’s Demos here.
Hiring Horse Drawn Carriages For Special Occasions
Marc’s horses and carriages are available to hire, from scenic carriage rides around Hay on Wye for special occasions to events and weddings. More information can be found on our hiring horses and carriages part of the site but feel free to contact Marc should you have any questions about hiring horses and horse drawn carriages.
Horses and CarriageS for Film & TV
Marc’s horses and carriages are available to hire, for film and tv work. More information can be found on our dedicated film horses and carriages part of the site but feel free to contact Marc should you have any questions about hiring horses and horse drawn carriages.
Teaching Actors Riding and Driving
Riding a horse or driving a cart as an actor on set is very different to everyday riding, which much more to consider and many more distractions for the horses, just being around horses on set may feel a little more daunting that usual. Don’t worry, that’s where a little bit of prep before hand, either in person or online, can really help. Marc offers horse riding and carriage driving lessons specifically for actors – see here for more details.
My Driving Horses
Meet some of My Driving Horses
We have horses that are used for agricultural work (harrowing and grass cutting) and others that are purely used to pull carriages, and you can learn to drive them all in a safe and experienced environment. Our Friesian Asgard is a delight to drive and so is our big heavyweight cob Guinness who is also excellent at logging. Our pair of Appaloosa’s are half brothers who love nothing better than being in harness pulling a carriage and you will see them at many a wedding and show.
Zorro & D'artagnon
16.1hh | Black | Friesians
Zorro, like his friend D’artagnon, is a gentle soul and has lots and lots of presence. He looks to his human friends for playtime and trusts Marc so much that he is really brave in new situations. From being on film sets and driving carriages through London to jousting as the Dark Knight’s horse. He makes friends with every horse in the herd and every cat, chicken and human on the yard! Since we first got him he has put on lots of muscle and is super strong, especially pulling carriages by himself of with his friends in pairs and teams.
Harry & Apollo
15.2hh | Appaloosa | Geldings
Our gangster pair of brothers! Always together and creating mischief these two have never been separated. They dote on each other and absolutely love performing. They drive a carriage together as a pair and joust in many of our shows. Apollo is slightly younger one and he has the white nose while Harry (fully name Harry Potter!) has the black nose with the black Poirot style moustache. You may recognise them as the horses in the Mumford and Sons Beloved music video among their many appearances on screen.
Guinness & BAtman
15.3hh | Black | Cobs
Our traditional cobs with the biggest, most loveable hearts. With strong pulling power and masses of white feather on their feet, these boys suit our more country style carts and wagons. They really enjoy every job that they set their minds to and love to give hugs. They go as a pair in a carriage and also as a team of four with our Friesians. Guinness is the head of the herd and Batman is his sidekick, especially when they are out in the field together.