Q: Where can I find a carriage tour?
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please call us for business hours; the wagonette will be located at the carriage stand at the corner of 5th ave and Congress Street. This is situated between the hotel congress and Maynard's market.
Tours & Jingle bell rides service the el presidio district, Armory park, Barrio Historico, 4th avenue and Downtown.
For a special location or service just give us a call!
Q: How can I purchase a tour ticket or reserve the wagonette or wedding carriage?
Tour tickets are available for purchase here online and on site at the carriage stand.
We accept credit and debit cards, checks, paypal, and cash of course!
For Special accommodations and reservations please call us directly.
Q: What are Sentinel Carriage's hours of operation?
we are often waiting at our carriage stand for tours Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, but also are hired for special events and parties which interrupt our normal service hours. (Temperature and weather permitting)
Please call to make reservations!
Q: Other than passenger tours, what else can the wagonette and clydesdales be hired for?
neighborhood and community events
business promotion *
Holiday events **
Toys for tots
* Our carriage is called a "versatile wagonette" and it is just that! We can take off the roof and seats to
load up the wagonette with Kegs of beer or other products for brewery advertisement and haulage.
** We love it when Santa rides with us to bring presents!
Q: What kind of horses are they?
Our horses are Clydesdales horses, a breed of heavy draft horse developed in the early nineteenth century in the
Clydesdale (now know as lanarkshire) district of Scotland. Draft horses were originally developed for use in warfare to carry armor-clad knights into battle in western europe.
Scottish farmers began using some of the larger English and Flemish Draft Stallions on their smaller local mares and began producing what is know as the clydesdale. These horses were bred to meet the agricultural needs of the local farmers, but also the demands of the coal feilds and heavy haulage in the city of Glassgow. Due to the horses' fine reputation, use of the breed spread throughout Scotlan and northern England.
In the late nineteenth century the breed flourished and exports began, taking the horses all over the globe. However, the after WWII, with the increased availability of mechanization, Clydesdales and all working horses across the united states faced a decline.
The Clydesdale breed saw resurgence in popularity in the last part of the twentieth century. Although replaced by the tractor on most farms, this beloved horse still works in agriculture and forestry where tractors are unable or unwanted.
the versatility of the breed is evidenced by the increasing number of equine activities for which it is used. Popular with carriage services, the clydesdale is well suited for the job and always attracts public admiration. Street parades are not complete without the high stepping hooves of a Clydesdale hitch passing by. Under saddle, the clydesdale excels in many pursuits including dressage, hunter jumper, as a trail horse, and for therapeutic riding.
~Excerpts from Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A.
Q: Do the horses have to stop traffic lights?
Yes, though the horses do not have the discretion to abide by traffic laws on their own, the driver does. In fact, horse drawn vehicles are required to abide by the same laws as motorized traffic.
Q: Where do the horses live?
The horses live on a residential horse property here in town. They are not confined to stalls, and share the paddock with a light riding horse. There is plenty of shade provided by large trees and room to move about.
Q: Can I buy your horse? Yes we have actually been asked that! And why not? Our horses are impeccable in every way! However, no one could buy our horses. Patton and Casey are our pets and our friends. We do not deal horses as other "ranch/carriage" companies do.
Q: What do the horses eat and drink?
Our horses eat hay, they also get a little supper of soaked beet pulp pellets and supplements and enjoy licking their mineral block.
Q: How much do the horses weigh?
The clydesdales individually weigh about 1,500 lbs.
Q: How much weight can a horse pull?
A draft horse can pull a dead weight along the ground (draft) equal to 1/10 their body weight for 8 hours a day. For short distances, they can pull ten to fifteen times as much. The wagonette will only draft at about 125 pounds on flat ground, in fact one person is able to move it around on a flat surface pretty easily.
Q: What will the horses do when they retire?
That will be a long time from now considering they are only 4 & 5, but they will live with the owner their life long.
Q: How can we tell the horses like their job?
Horses, just like humans will show signs that they either enjoy work or don't. Signs that people show that they do or do not enjoy their job will be a pleasant attitude and fairness to co-workers or possibly irritability towards others and poor performance. Most horses enjoy working because it helps to keep them in shape and gives them mental stimulation, though oftentimes when business is slow we may catch the horses daydreaming or even napping! Draft horses are especially suited to pulling or "draft" work, which makes their job easy on them. Its pretty rare to have a draft horse who doesn't enjoy pulling.
Our horses also show us that they like to go to work by walking up to us when we are carrying a lead rope and halter and making it easy for us to get them ready to go. They also enjoy all the affection they get from customers and passerby alike.