Horse Drawn Carriages and Traffic

A common question we are asked, is how our horses deal with the traffic. From our point of view, a better question would be; how do the traffic deal with a horse drawn vehicle? I’m writing this blog to answer those questions, but also to be a bit of a guide, for those drivers that […]

Horse Shoes and the job of the farrier

If you have owned or ridden horses, you would know about farriers and hoof maintenance but hoof maintenance is a question we get asked about often while out and about with our horses, so this blog is to hopefully answer any of those questions you may have. Obviously this is my version, with every facet […]

We’re going on a bear hunt!

If you come to Strathalbyn during the school holidays, you’re sure of a big surprise, we will go over, around and through this gorgeous town in our horse drawn carriage, hunting for all of the bears to mark off your check list. You could even line it up with having a teddy bear picnic in […]

But what about the weather??

This is a question we get asked for almost every booking, and quite rightly so. One thing we have absolutely no control over is the weather. The ideal carriage ride has beautiful sunny weather, mild breeze, no chance of rain and low 20’s temperatures. Unfortunately reality is, every day is not like that!! Today I […]

The Expanding of a Hobby

Established in 2009 and initially a hobby, Carriage of Occasion literally plodded along for a number of years, with our beautiful Calvin and his stunning Victoria carriage. Working full time in our other business, and trying to kick goals there left little time or money to embrace or enhance the carriage side of things. It […]

COVID and the creation of ‘No Frills”

Carriage of Occasion no frills ride

At the start of 2020, we were sure it was going to be our year. We had finally moved our workshop home after years of commuting, meaning more time to build carriages, more time to work horses and availability to accept work on weekdays. Our diary was starting to look really good, we already had […]

The Burden of Sand

Horses are amazing, beautiful, useful animals. Their digestive system however is complex, relatively fragile, and totally inefficient (which is why their poo makes great fertiliser). Monitoring poo is a really helpful tool to assist with maintaining a horse in peak health. Horse digestive systems are designed to be grazing most of the day. They should […]

“Living the Dream”

It is often said to me that I am living the dream. While I guess it could be perceived from the outside that indeed I am, as I grow older (and I would like to think wiser) I am beginning to realise one doesn’t actually know exactly what that dream is. If you had of […]

The coming of Age

I think the scariest thing about what we do with our horses and carriages, is doing something for the first time. Years of training, working towards a certain picture, is all put to the test in how the horse responds to a new environment or situation.  Our young Clydesdales have been working towards commercial work […]

The Next Generation

When offering a service as we do, one is always looking for ways to improve the service. This is how we came about our next generation of greys.  There is a regular horse sale in Echuca Victoria. A lot of quality horses go through these sale yards, so if you’re a gambling person, it pays […]