1) How old are the Draft horses?
Currently our horses age range 9 to 11 years.
2) What kind of horses are they? Is this a Morgan?
No Morgans are not Draft horses. Draft horses
are commonly called plow horses. These are the big
boys for the big jobs. They were bred to pull.
Draft horses, also known as "The Gentle Giants"
as they are very quiet animals. This is why
they're used for our Seattle horse carriages.
3) How long can they work and live?
Depends on the individual horse.
They can live between
30-40 years depending on health and care.
Usually horses can work until their mid to late 20's
4) Are carriage horses regulated?
Yes. Seattle's Animal Control monitors all the
horses while they work in town. Horses pass a
physical every year by a licensed veterinarians. No
horse is allowed to work if the animal is in less than
perfect condition, ill health or lame. No horse
is allowed to work greater than 5 straight days
without a day off.
5) What kind of shoes do they wear? how often are
they shod and what's the cost? There are two styles
of shoeing for the Draft horses. One is a two part
shoe of metal and rubber. The rubber is bolted to
the bottom of the drilled and threaded steel. The
second style is a regular steel shoe with a rubber
pad under the hoof. It then has borium melted to
the bottom of the shoe for traction. Costs run
between $150/250 per horse every 6 to 8 weeks.
6) Where do the horses live?
Horses are hauled into Seattle only the days they
work. Our horses live in Redmond, on 5 acres
with a 6 stall barn. Average days will find them
out playing in the fields.
7) How do the horses get into town?
Our horses are hauled in a 24 ft. horse trailer.
Carriages are stored in Seattle.
8) How hard do the horses work?
Hardly at all. The carriages are easily pulled,
empty we can pull them. The carriages have
rubber rimmed tires, bearings on the axles, and
roll on usually smooth concrete. We do monitor
the hills we pull. We will never ask our horses
to pull very steep hills.
9) Can we pet the horses?
Yes you may, thank you for asking and please
pet the horses on their backs or shoulders.
As they don't like people in their face.
(think about it...would you like someone
petting your face all day long???)
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At the farm.......
Our farm is located on Union Hill, in Redmond, Wa.
The horses have a 6 stall barn and turned out on 5 acres.
The days you don't see our horses in town working,
they are playing hard, turned out, and "free" to do as they
Our horses have a very light schedule, never exceeding
city regulations. In summers they average a 2 days of
a week and during Christmas they average a 4 day
"What union do they belong to???"
Come on down to the Seattle waterfront
and visit with us. Children may feed the horses carrots,
We hope you've enjoyed our FAQ's page as we've answered most of
our standard Draft Horse, Gentle Giants and Seattle horse carriage
If you need more information just give us a call.
We're in love with our Gentle Giants, we hope you are too.!