We’ve got a lot of really dedicated people that help us care for our horses and mules everyday. One of those people is equine dentist, Gary Biggerstaff. Find out what an equine dentist does and why dental health is so important for our animals’ well-being!
Did you know that beer can actually be beneficial for horses?
It’s an old equestrian trick to use beer to treat horses with anhidrosis, a condition where horses aren’t able to sweat in order to keep cool. Here at Palmetto Carriage Works we treat our horses who have anhidrosis with prescribed medication from their vet but also supplement this treatment with beer.
We usually give our horses about a case a week each during the summer, with two beers in the morning and two in the evening.
And guess what, horses also like the taste of beer! Some prefer lighter beers while others prefer the beers that resemble a milkshake. At Palmetto Carriage Works, we like to give our horses Yuengling Black and Tan which is fed to them by mixing the beer into their feed.
You may also be wondering whether our horses get drunk off of all of this beer. There’s actually no need to worry about that! Horses have livers that are much larger than ours and are able to metabolize alcohol much faster than humans (which means a couple beers wouldn’t affect a horse like it would you or I).
So next time you see one of our horses enjoying a brew in the summertime, don’t worry! It’s all in a day’s work of ensuring our animals are well-cared for and able to stay cool in warmer weather.
NOTE: All horse owners should of course have a visit with a veterinarian regarding anhidrosis before they start any kind of treatment.
One aspect of hurricane relief that is often overlooked in addition to the people that are affected is the amount of animals, including horses, that are displaced.
When our staff at Palmetto Carriage Works heard about the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, we knew that we wanted to find a way that we could help the equine relief efforts in Texas.
That’s why this week, we are launching a supply drive for Texas horses and livestock. Donations are already pouring into the Big Red Barn, awaiting transport to victims of the storm.
“This is just our way to help the animals in need,” said Tommy Doyle, General Manager of Palmetto Carriage Works. “We know that feed and supplies for the animals are in short supply.”
We will be working with two other local carriage companies, and will be coordinating our efforts with Aiken equine veterinarian Mitch Lowry, who will transport the collections to Texas.
We are asking people in the Charleston area to join in the relief effort and donate items needed for horses and other livestock animals.
“We’re going to be filling one of our trailers with supplies and we’re asking other horse and animal lovers to join us,” said Doyle. “There are animals in need and we’re wanting let folks know in Texas and Louisiana that Charleston stands with them.
Palmetto Carriage Works is asking for any of the listed items below, as per the AAEP request:
Hay (square bales)
Battery powered clippers
Blue Dawn (soap)
The supply drive begins today and will run through Friday. Items can be dropped off at 8 Guignard Street, 20 Anson Street and 14 Anson Street, downtown.
Meet our tour guide Justin! He is from Williamson, SC and graduated from Palmetto High School. He Spent 10 years in the USAF as a C-130E/H/J loadmaster. Justin has been stationed in England, Texas, and Arkansas and was deployed to Kuwait and Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF (Iraq war) and to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). He has also operated in Horn of Africa (HOA) operations throughout Djibouti, Kenya, and Uganda. Justin became a tour guide with Palmetto Carriage Works in Spring 2016 and has loved every minute of it!
Summer is here and there is a lot of misinformation being spread to Charlestonians about the Charleston Carriage Industry.
We are here to set the record straight.
It was reported yesterday by activists on Facebook that at 1:16pm that our carriages were still being sent out after we had been told to pull carriages off the street at 11:50am.
Here is what actually happened:
At around 11:50am this morning we received word from the city that they had 4 consecutive temperature readings indicating 95 degrees. Following proper procedure stopped all carriage tours until we received further word for the City of Charleston.
At 12:50pm we received word that the temperature had dropped below 95 degrees. At that time we also received clearance from the City of Charleston to resume tours.
At 1:35pm we received word that the temperature reading went back up to 95 degrees. Again following proper procedure we made sure that no new tours went out.
All tours were off the street by 2:30pm.
In addition to following City of Charleston regulations we also continued to take our horses’ and mules’ individual temperatures after every tour (since it is a better indicator of their well being).
We take the health and welfare of our animals very seriously. We also value our relationship with the City of Charleston Tourism Commission.
Today should be an example of how the system is working to ensure the safety of all carriage horses in Charleston.
One of the best parts of getting to work with horses and mules everyday is getting to know all of their personalities — AND all of our horses and mules are quite the characters. This week we are introducing you to our horse Abbapoola!
Abbapoola is a 17 year old Belgian horse. He’s a big boy, weighing in at 1900 pounds and is a beautiful red roan color with no mane. Don’t let his size fool you though, he is rather shy and can be sensitive about his ears, therefore he requires gentle care.
Abbapoola also loves savoring his food as he is a slow eater, he is a sweet horse with a bashful and kind personality.
He pulls big carriages and can also pull small private rides as well.
Keep an eye out next time you are in downtown Charleston, you just might see Abbapoola the horse taking visitors for a tour! We also hope you will come meet him and the rest of the Palmetto Carriage Works family at The Big Red Barn!
South Carolina horse owners are on high alert as the first case of a deadly disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), has been identified in the state this year. EEE is a mosquito-borne illness in horses that can kill up to 90 percent of unvaccinated horses. In 2013, South Carolina had the highest number of horses infected with EEE in the country. This outbreak makes it extra important for horse owners to stay up to date on their animals’ vaccinations.
Here at Palmetto Carriage Works we take the safety of our animals extremely seriously, and in order to make sure our horses stay healthy and are not affected by diseases like EEE, we vaccinate our horses and mules twice a year as part of their bi-annual check ups. The vaccination that specifically protects against Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been a part of our health protocol for our horses for many years already.
We are currently preparing to do the fall vaccinations this Tuesday.
Our beloved mule Folly retired to a farm about 6 years ago and we checked in with her to see how the retired life is treating her.
Folly has become the herd leader, bossing around a blue roan percheron and a tri-color Chincoteauge. She doesn’t hesitate to branch out and make new friends, her closest companions being chickens, ducks and dogs.
One of the dedicated workers at the farm, claimed that Folly liked her the most but loves anyone with a treat!
Folly is the farm drama queen, laying her head over the gate with her tongue laying out like she’s dying to get attention. If that doesn’t work she sprawls out on the ground as if someone killed her. She’s quite the actress.
One of Folly’s best stories was when she knocked down two fence posts and took the other two with her on a “freedom run” through the neighborhood.
Folly has made herself at home at the farm with many new furry friends. While we miss her here at Palmetto Carriage Works, we are so glad to see her thriving in her new home.
We are so excited to announce our newest additions to the PCW family! King and Ace are 13 year old horses from Mississippi. They previously worked on a farm and did tasks like pulling a cultivator, raking hay, and even participated in a few Christmas parades. King and Ace are excited for their new journey in Charleston and have been training with our staff. We take the safety of our horses, employees, and customers very seriously. That is why our new horses train for 2 weeks before they are allowed to drive customers. King and Ace have been doing excellent in their training and we are confident that they are ready to take on the streets of Charleston with customers in tow. Come out to the Big Red Barn to see them in action and give them a warm welcome!
We are so excited to announce one of our newest additions to the Palmetto Carriage Works family! One of our mini horses recently gave birth to a colt (which is a baby boy horse!). His cute stubby legs andminiature features have already melted all of our hearts! Our new furry friend along with some of our other mini horses will be down at
the Big Red Barn on July 1st and we’ve been told they’re very excited to meet new friends!
We just have one problem, this baby doesn’t have a name yet! And what better people to help us name him than you! That’s right! Come visit the mini horses at the Big Red Barn on July 1st and help us pick a name for one of these 4 legged cuties. We will be open to name ideas July 1st and 2nd. Whoever submits the winning name online will win a
free private carriage ride (pulled by one of our draft horses or mule teams).
Mini horses AND free carriage rides!? It doesn’t get better than this folks! So come join us in welcoming our favorite new family members on July 1st and bring your creative hats! You won’t want to to miss it!
And don’t forget to submit your name for our new mini colt below!