Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do these horses like their job?
A: Carriage horses are bred to work in harness. In fact, the exercise keeps them healthy. Horses recognize, respond to, and develop affection for their drivers.
Q: Does the pavement hurt their hooves?
A: No, because they wear protective shoes.
Q: How much weight can a horse pull?
A: A horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six (6) times its own weight; however, most carriage horses are used at only 25% of that capacity. A carriage horse averages in weight from 1200 lb. to 2300 lb., therefore they can pull anywhere from 7200 lb. to 13,800 lb.
Q: What is the average life expectancy of a horse?
A: Twenty-five to thirty years. Horses have been known to live well into their forties.
Q: Is it normal for a horse to sweat?
A: Yes. It is a natural cooling process, just as with people.
Q: How do horses rest?
A: Horses usually sleep standing up, often with one hind foot cocked when they are working.
Q: How often do you feed the horse?
A: A horse consumes two or three meals of hay/grain per day.
Q: Do the horses live in the city?
A: The horses live on a farm, Haywire Horse Ranch, located in Lockport, Illinois. Debra Hay established it in 1990. The ranch offers a horse breeding program and stud services. For more information, please contact us.