Don’t Pet the Horses

I have posted pictures of these magnificent horses before, but this is another shot in my collection. I thought the red signs, and the bit of red on the horses gear would be a nice choice for Ruby Tuesday.

Horse-drawn carriage tours are offered daily, every half hour, at the foot of Market Street in downtown Wilmington. This is a great way for visitors to see the city and learn about our history. I have taken the tour myself, and every time I learn something new.  The costumed driver, known as “The Carriage Man” has a wealth of information about the stately old mansions, public buildings and streets.

The folks at Springbrook Farms own and manage the horses. Each one of them are rescued Percheron draft horses, born on Amish farms throughout the Northeast. For whatever reason, the farmers were not able to use them, and they wound up at auction. Often these magnificent animals are bought by meat processing companies to make dog food or other products. These folks have saved the lives of many horses over the years and continue to do so with the proceeds they make from the tours.

These folks love their horses. They rotate them throughout the day, so the horses are allowed frequent water and rest breaks. They are out fitted with special shoes, and provided with veterinarian care. After a week of pulling carriages, each horse is given a three week vacation at the Brunswick County farm.

Many thanks to Springbrook Farms, not only for rescuing these fine animals, but for lending a special ambiance to our city!

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2 comments on “Don’t Pet the Horses”

  1. Oh man….the very first impulse was me thinking of petting their noses!!! Dang…I think I’d have to break the rule and pet ’em anyway.

    This is my first time I participated in Ruby Tuesday. Mary kept hinting that I join in…today I got a chance to do some ruby red. Come on over if you can find some time. Happy Tuesday.

  2. Do they tell you why they don’t allow head petting? It probably is to protect the horse from over zealous children or the company from lawsuits over any accident. Beautiful horses and it does sound like they have a life that their farm brothers can only dream of.


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