Horses are truly amazing animals. Through the ages man has admired their beauty, stamina and strength. Very early on, man began to harness their power and developed specific breeds of equines for specialized tasks.
In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, great draft breeds like Percherons and Clydesdales carried the Knights into battle. Horses in the American Civil War carried cavalry, hauled cannons, and pulled stretchers with the wounded to safe areas. Just as Bloodhounds were bred to acquire scent and track, Doberman Pinchers to guard, and Russian Wolfhounds to hunt wolves, horses were also bred for specific tasks.
Light horses such as Saddlebreds, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, and Quarter Horses are bred for their athleticism and speed for performing a variety of endurance tasks. They are bred to do them well and with ease. Heavy horses such as Percherons, Belgians, Suffolk Punch, to name a few, are bred to carry and pull heavy loads. It’s simply what they do and they do it easily. They have a purpose and they take to it readily.
Percheron carriage horse, Blue, on the job in downtown Indianapolis.
Blue Ribbon Carriages Horses
Blue Ribbon Carriages horses are all heavy breeds. They are prized by our Company, held in highest regard, cared for and watched over by equine specialists. We value and care for them as though they were show horses. In fact, many of our horses are shown around the Midwest. Our care involves appropriate stabling, feeding, handling and training. Part of proper care also includes appropriate scheduling for work, time off and vacations. Our horses are also ridden by their handlers for pleasure and can form unbelievably strong bonds with their drivers.
Blue, now in retirement, on the farm with his new pals Goose and Axle.
Blue Ribbon Carriages Retirees
Often times, Blue Ribbon Carriages retires its carriage horses to their drivers, former drivers and/or handlers. Many of our retired horses are working in Equine therapeutic centers around the country. While it may be time for them to retire from pulling a carriage, they actually stay healthier and happier with a job to do.
They can do low-stress work such as carrying around children with learning or physical disabilities or standing to be groomed by our returning military vets with PTSD. This work helps them to remain valued, loved and cared for.
How can you tell if a horse is content and happy? Our veterinarians and trained equine handlers have ways to determine this. Our horses are always monitored for any signs of stress, fatigue and/or anxiety. We do not use any horse that is not content or is not fit to do this job.
When you take a carriage ride with Blue Ribbon, you can rest assured that the horse pulling the carriage is well trained, content to earn his keep, loved and well cared for until he or she crosses the rainbow bridge.