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 […]

Wine Tour Langhorne Creek in Horse Drawn Style

Today I am taking you on a wine tour around the beautiful Langhorne creek wine region. It’s a cool 22 degrees, mostly overcast, and a fairly strong breeze. Nibbles and Tabby have been washed and wine wagon decorated with happy birthday decorations.  Today’s tour is a surprise for the birthday girl, who joined her friends […]

A funeral to remember (or preferably forget)

When you think about a horse and carriage service I would think you would mostly see pictures of glitz and glamour and fairytales and romance. I guess one wouldn’t normally look behind the scenes or have reason to think about how the horses got to the location to do the job in the first place.  […]

The long road from training to commercial

It’s a hard thing to gauge, when a horse is ‘ready’ to perform the tasks of one of our carriage horses. We ask a lot of our horses, we do things that ‘normal’ horses wouldn’t cope with. Our horses have to deal with a lot of unusual sights, sounds and circumstances. How does one even […]