Dignity of Companionship
of Labor II" by Elizabeth M Guarisco, courtesy of the
artist, New York
horse is one of the most outstanding athletes in the animal
kingdom. Because of his cooperative nature, he has made
a significant contribution to man's historical development.
Today, the horse in harness is regaining respect and admiration
in a recreational role. Horse drawn carriages recreate
a time when life was to be savored slowly. And, they recreate
a very special relationship between man and nature. When
treated with care and respect, the horse willingly provides
his great strength for man's purposes. Man, in turn, tends
to the health and comfort of his partner in work. Therein,
lies the dignity of companionship.
a member of the Carriage Operators of North America (CONA),
an organization dedicated to establishing
and promoting safe
and humane standards
for the horse drawn carriage industry. CONA is affiliated
with the American Horse Council & the Animal Welfare
How do I book a horse-drawn
carriage for my event?
Click on INQUIRES (upper right) and
submit your information. Once we have your FULL details we
can move fwd to issue you a contract and check your date
Do you offer tours?
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How much will it cost?
Cost all depends on the service
requested, length, date, distance, amount, staffing,
carriage, etc. So please fill out an inquiry form and we
will be happy to give you a quote.
Where can I utilize the horse and
For most part just about any where
on O'ahu. If you need ideas for a great location please
check our location page found on the wedding page.
Did you know?
Horse Hooves and Pavement
versatile horse hoof acclimates to living and working
conditions. When horses live in soft terrain and work on hard
terrain, most operators choose to use protective shoes or
boots. In some cases hooves are acclimated to travel barefoot.
healthy for humans and horses alike. It is a natural process
that is designed to cool the horse’s body temperature.
Androhydrosis (meaning: To not sweat) is bad for either species.
Pulling or Drawing?
attach a strap to your belt and the other end to something on
wheels that is 50% or less of your body weight, it generally
does not require much effort to walk. When a horse or mule is
attached to a vehicle on wheels it also does not require
much effort to walk. The slightest movement will put the
wheels in motion. Exercise
is vital for good health, both mental and physical.**A simple
spring scale measure has proven that it takes a horse drawing a
carriage with 4 to 5 people in it, approx. 50 lbs of fwd force
to move the coach. Once in rolling motion it takes approx. 25
lbs of rolling force to keep it in motion, and then approx. 50
lbs. of pressure to stop. (Study done, in FL, by Avalon CC)
Plans for the future?
capabilities during their lifetime are similar to human’s
capabilities with the respect that they are based on health not
age. If well cared for and conditioned a 30yr. old human or
equine could surpass a fitness test against an 18 yr old human
Most carriage operations either care for their own retired
horses or go to great lengths to find excellent retirement homes
Blinders/ Blinkers/ Blinds (Blindfold?)
an almost 360 degree field of vision, with only two blind spots
directly in front of them and behind them. Horses tend to walk
in the direction they are looking and the blinders help them
focus. The blinders do not completely restrict their ability to
see. Blinders simply aid communication.
and humans have a fear of something. Horses and humans generally
do not fear environments to which they are acclimated. Fears
generally derive from the element of surprise or the fear of the
unknown unless introduced properly.
Please support your local
Horse-drawn operation by hiring their services. If you would
like to support the industry please go to
www.cona.org and become a
Thank you for
Like all good
relationships between mankind, it is also true for man and
horse. You must possess qualities of a healthy partnership,
companionship and clear communication.
these your horses?
No, we are their Humans!
is the difference between a Clydesdale and a Belgian?
Much like the difference between a Golden
Retriever and a Great Dane.
the horse get a chance to lay down and sleep?
Horses actually sleep standing up, they
having locking joints in their knees and rest two legs at a time.
do they eat? (Do Not feed anyone elses horses but your own.)
Each horse has a different diet, much like
each human is different. Most all horses enjoy apples and carrots
for treats. For meals on average most eat alfalfa, hay, grass,
oats, barley and special designed horse feed much similar to dog
food. Horses stomachs are very sensitive, so it is very important
that anything they eat is easily digestible.
the horses happy?
Yes, they receive
maid service on a daily basis. Pedicures every 4-6 weeks. Bubble baths before going into town or to an event.
The boys enjoy human companionship, window shopping in town and
getting chauffeured around in their horse limo.
does he look sad?
Actually most people think when a horse
is relaxed and not tense/ alert, that he is sad. It is very important
to see a horse relaxed in any environment he is in. They don't
have facial muscles like humans to smile with.
it difficult for them to pull the vehicles?
No, actually they are only pulling when
they are going up hill AT A WALK. When on level ground they are just walking,
it is even lighter than a human pushing or pulling a baby stroller.
Each horse weighs about 2,000 pounds and they are capable of pulling
six times their own weight individually in their prime.
I pet the horse?
horse is different. Always ask the driver if it is safe
to touch the horse.
is the average life expectancy of a horse?
to 30 years. Horses have been known to live well into their
do horses rest?
usually sleep standing up, often with one hind foot cocked.
often do you feed the horse?
horse consumes two or three meals of hay/grain per day.
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