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    05-07-2009, 07:29 PM
Help! A dilemma

A couple days ago, I was looking for jobs online when I saw an ad for a horse-drawn carriage driver downtown. The ad said experience required. I've always wanted to learn to drive so I e-mailed the poster, told him my background, and said that I didn't have experience driving but I would like to learn. I asked if there was a local stable that gave driving lessons.

He e-mailed back asking me to call him. I did and long story short, when he said experience required he just meant experience with horses. He offered me an interview and said if he hired me he would train me.

So now what? I wasn't planning to apply for the job. I'm not sure I want to because I've heard urban carriage horses work long hours and live in bad conditions. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed if there were a nice stable downtown lol. Am I right in assuming that the only time these horses get out is when they're working?

I guess I could go and just turn down the job if I didn't like what I saw, but I'm worried I would be tempted to take it. It would be a cool job and I do need the money. What should I do?
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    05-07-2009, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
Personally, I think that would be a cool job. I have NO idea how to drive a horse, but if he is willing to teach you, why not? If you need the money, what have you got to lose?

I havent heard anything about city driven horses, but if the conditions are not good, then you can always tell them you don't think this job is for you, or whatever. But I know I would enjoy that. =P

It would be interesting.

Let us know what happeneds!
    05-07-2009, 10:43 PM
I would go and check it out. But have very open eyes. Don't get sucked in because of the romance or just for experience. If the stable and care aren't up to your standards you will not be doing anyone any good -- yourself or the animals you work with. However, the animals are there to earn a living and they DO work. If well treated and well cared for the horses could care less if they are walking 6 or 8 hours a day. They'd probably go nuts not being out there and being stimulated actually. Don't confuse a working animal with a pleasure animal. Two different worlds.

For example, in my old stomping grounds, ALL horses worked. There was no such thing as a horse for fun. And the horses would come looking for their harness to go drag logs out of the bush all day. Sundays were the horses bane. They would stand at the gate and wonder where the heck all the people went!
    05-09-2009, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
I have heard those rumors that they arn't treated well, but I think people would notice if the horses wern't being treated well. Just go, and learn!
    05-09-2009, 12:57 PM
Some carriage companys treat their horses extremely well. Others extremely all depends.
Go talk to him. Look around the facilities, ask him what the horses schedule is like. Employers like to see you asking questions but have an open mind. If they are in manure filled stalls and look like they're in poor condition..don't take it.

I also don't know what Canada is like. We did carriage rides in NJ,but it was around our property and the horses were pampered. The problem with some carriage places is that most people don't drive with the carriage horses in mind. Then there is the problem with car exhaust. Otherwise, many of them are ok.

I don't think it would hurt to check out.
    05-09-2009, 03:33 PM
If you don't mind me asking, where do you live? Like province? I don't know of too many cities that have carriage horses. The city I live in has them around Christmas time, but that's it. Otherwise they're hired out for weddings and such.

But like northernmama said, horses who work are accustomed to it and have no issue with the work itself. It's like saying a sheepdog who works 12 hours a day doesn't like it. I would like to see someone force a horse to work when they really don't want to. I doubt it would end well. Lol But as long as they're treated well and cared for, then the work itself as a carriage horse is not an issue.

Good luck, it sounds like it could be an awesome job!
    05-17-2009, 08:11 PM
Super Moderator
^^ Even if I can feel your worry I still agree with others. If you start to think there's something wrong with horses and their conditions you can always tell your opinion with your legs and walk away.
    05-18-2009, 09:06 PM
Well, they want the horses to look nice when they're out driving, so of course the stables would be clean. It was turn out time I was concerned with - That's what's really most important to horses, they are grassland animals after all.

Anyway, I did go, and it turned out to be commission based. Considering you never get paid for the time it takes to get the horse ready etc I didn't think it was worth it. Never did get to see their barn.
    05-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Turn out time is going to be pretty difficult for carriage horses who are normally housed within city limits.
From what I've seen, they are normally fed free choice when they are home and obviously get plenty of exercise on their job. Realistically though, they're not going to get an ideal amount of turn out.

Sorry it didn't work out for you.

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