Everyone is concerned about the care of carriage horses during the heat and humidity of a Savannah summer. Please take a moment to read this about our system of care for the animals during these conditions.
Most of the carriage horses that work in Savannah have a long working history by the time they arrive here. Some have been Amish plow horses or Tennessee logging horses. Many of these animals have worked six days a week sun-up to sun-down, pulling heavy loads or plowing fields. These animals are treated much differently now.
Plantation Carriage Company owns 20 carriage horses that rotate through Savannah, Georgia to give visitors tours of the historic district. Having many animals is one way to lessen the individuals' load.
Horses typically will do 4-5 hours in an 8 hour shift and will work 4-5 shifts per week. Most of our horses will be in town for approximately 90 days before they rotate for a pasture rest where they get to frolic and be on vacation.
Here are some of the actions and precautions we take to care for our horses during the hottest months.
The result of these preventative measures equals happy well cared for horses who love their job and become part of your family as you work with and care for them everyday. To date, there have been no heat related injuries involving any carriage horses in Savannah. Experience, planning, love and diligent care have allowed thousands of people to enjoy a unique experience while protecting the horses that provide it.
Should you have any questions or concerns not addressed here feel free to stop by our Visitors Center office or call us at 912-659-9005
Parking Services in Savannah Georgia are responsible for the regulation of the carriage industry in Savannah GA. They can be reached at:
912-651-4235 or 912-651-6467.
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