Frequently Asked Questions
Do horses like to pull carriages?
Our horses, like others, are bred to pull and/or drive horse-drawn carriages and equipment. They are also specially trained to do the job they do safely and effectively. Not every horse is designed nor able to pull carriages and you should not attempt to hook your horse up to a carriage without proper training and equipment for your horse and you. Also, when done safely and correctly, this is a form of exercise for the horse(s). Horses that are fit and capable to do so need a healthy form of exercise just like people.
Is it easy for the horse(s) to pull a carriage?
On average a horse can pull about 6 times his weight with a wheeled vehicle. Carriages, especially modern ones, tend to be equipped with a 5th wheel system and hydraulic brakes which makes for easier pulling and maneuvering and also assists the horse with the weight load when going up and down hills. Also, carriages are often made of durable but light-weight materials that make it even easier to pull a carriage. Most carriage horses only use about 25% of their potential pulling capacity at any given time.
Why don't I see you feeding your horses all the time?
Just like people, horses also need to be on a good and structured diet. Our horses are fed hay/grain 2 - 3 times a day depending on the situation. Also, feeding them while they are "working" can lead to bad habits but can also cut up the horses mouth while the bit is in. Please do not feed anyone's horses without asking them.
Why don't I see you giving your horses water all the time?
While we always have a supply of water on hand or very close by our location, horses cannot drink a lot of water while working. Large quantities of water before/during strenuous work or exercise can actually be detrimental to a horse. Horses sweat very quickly which can cause them to get tired too fast and also sweating to much or too quickly during colder weather could cause a horse to catch cold. Also following strenuous work or exercise a horse must be allowed to "cool down" before being allowed to drink water. Also the saying is very true, "You can lead a horse to water, but cannot make it drink." You may see us offering our horses water and they will refuse to drink.
How long can horses live?
On average, horses live between 25-30 years. Some have been known to live longer. According to records, the oldest horse recorded was Old Billy who lived to be 62 years old.
Can I pet your horses?
While petting horses can be fun always make sure you ask before petting our horses or someone else's. This is for everyone's safety.
Why do your horses not have shoes while walking on pavement and other types of roads?
There are several opinions in regards to putting shoes or not putting shoes on horses. We choose not to shoe our horses because we believe, like several others, that horses were designed and have been roaming and running the Earth for hundreds of years without the aide of metal or rubber shoes. We have slowly conditioned our horses feet to tolerate all forms of terrain and let them be the way mother nature so carefully designed them to be. We do keep our horses hooves well trimmed at all times. Think of it like your own nails. If you take off to much it causes pain and potential infection and problems. If left to grow to much this can also lead to problems. But when properly conditioned and maintained they function the way they were intended too.