An all inclusive Irwin Insights Vacation.

Training the Driving Horse Skills Course

A 5-day skills certificate / Master Certification course on training and driving harness horses structured as individual and small group lessons with Chris and Master Certified Trainers.



The Harness Your Horsepower course is not for beginner equestrians.  It is best if participants are reasonably experienced and confident with horses.


You do not need to bring your own horse or have harness, cart or a carriage.  You are welcome to bring your own horse for harness training.  You do not need to have a cart or carriage.  If you are bringing a horse, we recommend you also bring harness for your horse.  Appropriate horses, harness, cart and/or carriage, and all required gear for training will be provided by Willow Ranch.



Many of Chris’ unique discoveries about the true nature of horses emerged during his early days of driving harness horses.  Driving horses can potentially be dangerous and the old saying “don’t put the cart before the horse” needs to be taken seriously.  

  • • Daily classroom theory and Q&A sessions

  • • Discover new insights into the cause & effect of your body language

  • • Understand the counter-intuitive psychology of horses

  • • Learn to read the most nuanced body language of horses

  • • Develop essential handling and groundwork skills with horses

  • • Learn how harness functions and how to fit/adjust harness to horses

  • • Learn all the training steps to safely prepare a horse for working in harness

  • • Learn how to adjust and fit a horse to the hitch

  • • Pro-Active problem solving and safety tips for driving



Each of the following Insights can be achieved in the Harness Your Horsepower course to earn credits at Level 1 and 2 for a maximum total of 12 credits.  1st Level Master Certification in Irwin Insights requires a total of 10 credits.


  • • Horse Handling Essentials:  Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Loose Leading:     Level 1 = 1 credit

  • • In-Hand Leading:   Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Lunge:  Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Round Pen: = 1 credit 

  • • Long Lines (Ground Driving): Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Cart/Carriage Driving Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

Upcoming Date(s):

Due to COVID-19 we will not have courses in 2021,  but stay tuned for 2022 dates

All Inclusive

All the Irwin Insights courses are All inclusive, this means that we completely take care of you! You do not have to worry about anything, and can completely focus on processing all the information you receive during the course.

While staying in one of our cozy and state-of-the-art cabins the Willow Ranch team will take care of all your meals, snack and drinks. 


At Willow Ranch we love to take care of people, so we will make sure that we will do everything we can to provide you with everything you need. 

Do you want to relax a bit after a day of learning, and want to see the beautiful nature around the ranch? Our guides love to take you on a short ride at the end of the course day.  Do you want to wake up watching the horses while enjoying delicious Italian espresso? The Willow Ranch team will make sure you get that. Are you worried how to get to the ranch from Edmonton Airport? Our shuttle will take care of that! Wondering what to do in your down time? Use of our gym, library and "ranchgames" are also included.

We believe that offering all inclusive, really means all inclusive! 


The use of our horses for the course is also included, but if you prefer to bring your own horse(s). We have a horse hotel where your horse can stay in during the course. And of course this is also included in the course. 

Other Options

Its important to us that everyone can enjoy a holiday at Willow Ranch exactly how they like it. 

Thats is why we like to offer some different options of how you can join us for the course besides our all inclusive option.


Join for the course and the meals, but stay somewhere else. A great option for guest that are traveling with their own camper or RV (we have some spots on the ranch where you can park your RV). 


Join in for the full course but take care of your own meals. A great option for guest that live in the area.

More info and Sign Up

To sign up or for more information on our course please send us an email  (info@willowranchvalemount.com) or give us a call ( +1 250 566 4100)