Do you know what it takes to get around when most of your traveling is done by horse and buggy?
Let’s start with buying one. You have a variety or choices of buggies to order at the buggy shop that range in cost from $3000 to $5000.
You might choose the single buggy, which has a single bench seat, or the double buggy, which has two. Seats are upholstered and you can choose your color. Buggies come with lights and reflectors, and its wheels are made of either wood or fiberglass.
Now, it’s time to choose a horse. You’ll most likely want a standard-bred horse because they can move faster, with less effort. Buggy horses should be well-trained, because they can’t be afraid of traffic or other things you might encounter along the road. It takes about six to eight weeks of daily training to get a horse started on their path to becoming a buggy horse. It costs about $1000 a year to feed your horse, plus you must provide them with water and shelter from the cold and the heat. Shoes for the horse need to be replaced every six weeks and cost $100 each time. You’ll also spend about $1000 at the tack shop when you pick up your harness.
So, you have your buggy and your horse – now it’s time to get on the road. Make sure your horse is well-fed and watered before you go. Brush the dirt from his coat and put on his harness and then the bridle. You’ll need to push the buggy out of garage, bringing the horse to it to hitch it up. Then tie the horse to a hitching rail until you’re ready to go.
Just like finding a parking spot at the mall, finding a hitching rail in town can be a challenge and you might have to carry your items quite a distance. The speed you travel depends on your horse, but you’ll usually move at approximately seven to ten miles per hour. You probably won’t find yourself traveling more than 15 miles one way.
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