Why we use Mules and not Horses
Mules are the best animals for pulling carriages in Charleston. In over 30 years of use, their health record is much more successful than that of draft horses. If you want an historic carriage tour of Charleston, let your history begin with the animal that pulls your carriage. The mule has long been the beast of burden of choice in the American South. From 18th century cotton plantations to the streets of 21st century urban America, this adaptable hybrid has proven it’s worth for over 5000 years.
Stubborn as a mule? – Far from that! Instead mules have a strong sense of self-preservation. They will only appear “stubborn” if they are overheated, overworked or overused for any reason. As a result, they will either slow down to a safe pace or stop completely, and I mean completely.
Eat like a horse! – The saying may be true for a horse. Horses have an unlimited appetite but a mule eats only what it needs. They rarely overeat and therefore have fewer feeding problems than horses do.
Where do Palmetto mules come from?
Many of our mules came from a farm in middle Tennessee, where they were bought and re-trained after working as line mules for the Amish.
The two mules pictured to the right came from the Reese Brothers Mule and Horse Company in Gallatin, Tennessee. We work with our mules in the country first to see if they might be able to pull a carriage in the city. Then they are trained in the city for a few days up to a few weeks before pulling tours.
Palmetto Carriage Works prides itself on the quality of care given to our working animals. No one is more concerned about animal welfare than our company. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about our mules and horses, but if you have any other questions – please ask! Read More