Animal Welfare and FAQ

Animal Welfare FAQ2019-09-07T16:02:26+00:00

Quality Of Care For Our Animals

In addition to the knowledgeable and professional employees, the animals in our care are specifically trained and well equipped to handle carriage tours in the city and we pride ourselves on the quality of care given to our working animals. With over 40 horses and mules we have  an excellent animal care record and takes pride in the services provided to the animals.

No one is more concerned about animal welfare than our company. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about our mules and horses, but if you have any other questions – please ask!

How long do the animals work every day?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

Our average workday is five hours, but is limited to eight hours, six days a week.

What are mules?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

A mule is a hybrid of a male donkey and a female horse. We use mules because like draft horses, they are bred for “pulling” and also have a very calm temperament that enables them to work well in an urban setting. The mule has been the work animal of choice for centuries in the South.

What kind of animals do you use to pull the carriages?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

We use mule teams or single draft horses on the larger carriages and single mules or horses on the smaller carriages.

How often are the animals checked out by a medical professional or individually assessed to make sure they are healthy and happy?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

Our animals see a veterinarian a minimum of three times a year.  There is also a strict system in place to ensure that each animal’s temperature is taken after every tour, all year long.

Are visitors allowed to pet the animals?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

In most cases, yes. Each animal is different, so always ask the driver or staff first before touching an animal.

Are visitors allowed to drop by and check on the animals outside of the carriage tours?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

Our barn is always open to the public, though we urge respect for the animals and follow strict safety guidelines to keep the animals and our guests safe.

Why is your animal welfare program seen as helpful to these animals, and has it met all of the qualifications for properly raising these animals?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

Our animal welfare program offers a second career to animals that would often end up as another “unwanted horse statistic.” We follow a comprehensive carriage animal welfare program. They have a 100 percent success rate with their heat related animal welfare program, as measured by city veterinarians and the City of Houston.

What is used to keep the animals safe from things like insects and worms and to ensure comfortable living conditions?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

We use approximately 275 tubes of de-wormer each year and approximately 12,000 bags of shavings for stall bedding each year, which helps to provide the animals with comfortable living conditions.

How much hay and food is needed to properly provide for all of the animals?2019-08-29T00:59:30+00:00

We use approximately 3,500 square bales, 225 round bales of hay, and 61 tons of feed each year.

How many animals are currently under care?2019-08-29T00:59:54+00:00

Vintage Horse Carriage “herd” is made up of 35 mules, 20 horses, two goats, and six chickens. Our barn in downtown Charleston comfortably holds up to 28 animals in large box stalls.