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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Charleston’s Oldest Carriage Tour

  1. The Palmetto Carriage herd is made up of 35 mules, 20 horses, 2 goats, and 6 chickens.
  2. The average age of a Palmetto Carriage animal is 15.
  3. The average Palmetto Carriage animal’s work day is 5 hours (limited to 8 hours).
  4. Palmetto Carriage animals average 25 weeks a year at our farm on John’s Island.
  5. Palmetto Carriage’s animal welfare program has a 100% success rate.
  6. Palmetto Carriage has not had one case of heat stress or stroke in over 30 years of business.
  7. Palmetto Carriage’s downtown will hold up to 28 animals, all in large box stalls.
  8. Palmetto Carriage goes through approximately 12,000 bags of shavings (for stall bedding) a year.
  9. Palmetto Carriage goes through approximately 61 tons of feed a year.
  10. Palmetto Carriage uses approximately 275 tubes of de-wormer each year.
  11. Palmetto Carriage uses approximately 3,500 square bales and 225 round bales of hay each year.
  12. Palmetto Carriage uses almost 200 shoes a year.
  13. Palmetto Carriage has over 50 sets of work harnesses.
  14. Palmetto Carriage offers a second career to animals that would often end up as another “unwanted horse statistic.”
  15. Palmetto Carriage’s barn is always open to the public.
  16. Palmetto Carriage animals see a veterinarian a minimum of 3 times a year.
  17. Palmetto Carriage animals’ temperatures are taken after every tour, all year long.
  18. Palmetto Carriage animals are given 15 minutes to rest and drink water between each tour.
  19. Palmetto Carriage’s working animals are all micro-chipped for identification.
  20. Palmetto Carriage follows the most comprehensive carriage animal welfare ordinance in the country.