Sunday, February 05, 2006
Did you know?
Many of the carriages used by this trade will seat six people. People are much heavier than they once were. One horse, even a draft horse, pulling a huge carriage with six large adults is burdensome. Another interesting feature is that horses employed in pulling carriages in cities outside the United States are required to wear horse "sneakers," or protective rubber coverings over their hooves. This protects their feet and cushions their impact on the concrete and cobbles of city streets. There also appears to be a higher standard of required care monitored through more veterinarian inspections, including unannounced "spot checks."