Carriage driving is a wonderful skill and an alternative option for horse owners who are unable to ride, or simply prefer not to. Horses also excel and benefit, from miniature horses, ponies, light horses, or drafts, there IS a carriage or cart that fits! Ponies, or example, whose riders outgrew them, or moved to college can find a rewarding second career in carriage driving. Retired Morgans, American Saddlebred horses and Standardbred pacers and trotters can make WONDERFUL carriage horses as a second career. Nearly any horse can make a good driving horse under the right circumstances. The most BASIC things you need is a horse and:
- long reins
- weather carriage driving track
- quiet road.
Carriage Driving Essentials is one among many suppliers that can provide the rest: carriage driving equipment including harness, driving bits, training carts and carriages, safety equipment, books and DVDs on driving, brown driving gloves, men’s driving hats, driving whips, spares kits, driving aprons, carriage lamps & picnic baskets.
Trail and Carriage Driving Horse Boarding
One well respected horse boarding facility built for carriage driving and riding is Masconette Farm in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Masconette Farm welcomes all types of horse breeds and disciplines. It is a full size equine boarding and rehabilitation facility with an on-property all weather stone dust exercise and jogging track for harness and pleasure driving, training and rehabilitation in an idyllic country setting.
CODE OF MASSACHUSETTS CARRIAGE REGULATIONS
*** An Excerpt of Massachusetts Regulations as of June, 17, 2005 ***
TITLE 520: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 13.00: THE OPERATION OF HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES FOR PUBLIC HIRE ON PUBLIC ROADS AND WAYS OF THE COMMONWEALTH TO INSURE PUBLIC SAFETY.
(6) The annual yearly fee for a horse drawn carriage licensee shall be a $25 non-refundable application fee; a $100 license fee for one horse and carriage (which includes the $50 carriage inspection fee); and a $50 inspection fee for each additional carriage. Additional horses shall be licensed at $ 50 each.
(7) Applications for renewing existing licenses shall be made to the Commissioner by April 1st of each calendar year. During the first year of 520 CMR 13.00, (January 1, 1994) initial licensing application shall be made by May 15, 1994. This initial license shall be valid to April 1, 1995. Thereafter, licenses shall be renewed on a yearly basis by April of each calendar year.
(8) Only those horses and carriages which appear on the application form, and for which the fees have been paid may be used for hire.
(9) The Commissioner may refuse to grant or renew a license if that license was suspended or revoked during the previous licensing period or if the applicant fails to qualify under any provisions of 520 CMR 13.00. In the event that the license shall not be granted or renewed, the Commissioner shall notify applicant by certified mail within 30 days.
(10) If the applicant or renewal is denied, the applicant may within ten business days of receipt of the certified notice, make written demand upon the Commissioner for a hearing. The Commissioner shall appoint four inspectors of the division and himself to a Board of Appeal. The decision of a majority of the members of the Board of Appeal shall be final. If upon such hearing, the denial is found to be based on correct findings, the denial shall become final. After entry of final denial, the applicant shall be ineligible to make new application under the previous or new name for a period of one year.
(11) The Commissioner may determine the number of licenses granted for any particular locality based on road, route, traffic and other Public Safety concerns, subject to prior local approval.
(12) No person who has ever been convicted of cruelty to animals, shall be granted a license.
(13) The holder of a Certificate of Competency to be a carriage horse driver may be employed at any duly licensed carriage horse business.
Muddy Brook Farm- Service Area – Western MA
Barry & Kathy Roberts
Ph. 413-537-4737 or 413-537-7262
Blue Star Equiculture – Service Area – Western Massachusetts
Christina Hansen & Pamela Rickenbach
Ph. 413-289-9787 or 413-267-909-5844