Carriage rides through Downtown Lodi a fun way to experience the holidays
John Walker and Chris Carey drive the carriage drawn by Travis
for All Seasons Carriage Company on School Street in Lodi on
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
- About Percheron horses
The Percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the
Perche valley in northern France. Originally, it was bred for use
as a war horse, but by the 19th century started to be used for
pulling stage coaches.
In France, larger Percherons are preferred, with heights ranging
from 15 to 18 hands and weights from 1,100 to 2,600 pounds. They
are generally gray or black in coloring, and only those colored
horses can be registered in France and in Britain.
Paintings from the Middle Ages suggest that Percheron horses were
widely used by soldiers during the Crusades because the horses
could carry the men in their armor as well as the men’s various
- Carriage rides schedule
Rides are offered between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.
10 and 17. Rides begin on the corner of Oak Street and School
Street and take approximately 25 minutes.
Costs for adults are $17 and $45 for a family with up to three
children. A private ride costs $65 and reservations are
recommended. For more information, call 209-986-3096.
Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 7:35 pm
Travis trotted down School Street, looking well-groomed as he
knawed on his bit that helped him pull a 900-pound carriage.
But at roughly 2,000 pounds and 18 hands tall, Travis did not
seem to mind that he was pulling less than half his weight.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 7:35 pm.