Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
El-Dorado, spanish for "The Gilded One" A legendary city or historical region of the New World, often thought to be in South America, that was fabled for its great wealth of gold and precious jewels and eagerly sought by 16th- and 17th-century explorers, including Sir Walter Raleigh.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
The obvious contrast of an unhealthy vs healthy condition between the two horses is really truly staggering.
What I would like to vent about here is the few surviving carriage operators/owners that seemingly give no more care or concern about their horses than they do their turn out, or tacky appearance. They are the ones that give the carriage business a bad name and a bad image.
Thankfully they are very few and far between, but when they are out there on the streets for all to see, and while they are certainly not doing the rest of us any favors, the most disturbing thing is the sad reality for their horses. I’m going to give you some things to think about, and watch for so hopefully if you see such an outfit you will avoid them at all costs and thereby take away their incentive to do more bad business as usual.
Here are the three worst IMO, and three things that you should never ever see!
#1) An underfed skinny carriage horse – there is no, and I mean NO excuse for a horses ribs or spine to be poking out! If you can see and easily count them all like the bay horse in the picture above left the horse is far too thin, and this is not only unhealthy for the horse, it is not acceptable in any way! The draft horses you most commonly see used in carriage services are “cold blooded” and of the type that takes less feed that most horses do to maintain weight due to their slower metabolism and laid back attitudes. If anything a responsible owner has to make sure they don’t get too fat!
#2) A lame carriage horse - while most people find it impossible to see at the walk, the trot is a dead giveaway for seeing a lame horse even for a non-horse person. If the horses head noticeably bobs rhythmically up, then down, with each trot step then the horse is lame and in pain. There are zero excuses to use a lame and in pain carriage horse, its just plain cruel.
#3) An unattended carriage horse – No… its not “ok” to walk away from a horse harnessed to a carriage for any reason. It is not acceptable to clip a horse to something handy so you can walk into a building, or jump in a truck to warm up, or even to use the bathroom. Never for any reason should a horse be left without a handler, not even for a minute. Horses are extraordinarily strong and being flight animals when startled are very dangerous if not under a persons control. Even the very best “steady Eddy” types can get bit by a stinging insect, become frightened if a bridle is rubbed off, or startle from something that was totally unforseen and completely unexpected. Any competent horse owner well knows this, and knows to never say never when it comes to a horse possibly reacting in a bad way to unexpected things. We that “do it right” know its always better to be safe than sorry. A carriage operator is not only responsible for himself and his horse, they are also responsible for the safety of the public around them. If a carriage driver needs a break for lunch, dinner, the bathroom, or to warm up, etc. There should be a ground person to take over staying right there with the horse during their time away.
Well….. off my soapbox, there are lot’s of things I see that I don’t agree with but these are the three major ones I think we can all indisputably agree on.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Kiss the Bride Expo- bridal show in Little Rock, Sunday March 14th from 12 to 5 pm.
I’m sure you know the feeling, first its one thing, then another, and the next thing you know your head is spinning off and you don’t know where to find it.
The month of March has found us busier than busy bees. While only 6 days into it, its already a whirlwind of calls for carriage service, website problems that had to be fixed, the delivery of a horse we sold to out of state, as well as getting ready for the above show we will be attending in Little Rock 45 minutes north of us where we will be bringing 3 carriages for display. Just the three trips to get them there is taking some major planning.
My daughters Shelby 15, and Cody 16 will be in the fashion show modeling bridal gowns on the runway. The girls are really excited about this opportunity. Of course that leaves even more planning on how to get them where they need to be while still getting the carriage booth set up.
What else can we find to do these days? Exasperated in Arkansas!