you would need to find out where the horse and carriage companies are
located, and where they might be willing to go. Some companies will send
out a carriage to where you would like the ride, as long as the
conditions are safe for the horses and, of course, you too. You would
need to find a reputable company, though, and I found some advice on how
to do this from a most unusual source…an author named Sharon Naylor,
who specializes in wedding books, has advice for those who would order a
horse-drawn carriage for Valentine’s Day. Ms. Naylor states,
"Start by finding a reputable horse and carriage rental company
online or in the Yellow Pages, looking under "Carriages" or
"Carriage Companies." A prime place to start is the site for
the Carriage Operators of North America (www.cona.org)
which lists contact information for companies in the United States, the
Caribbean, and Canada. Wedding coordinators can also point you in the
sounds like very good advice. Ms. Naylor listed a few other things that
would also be wise to do:
"Never choose a carriage online. Always go to the company to
inspect the carriages and the horses yourself. Look for quality and
shine in the carriage, and healthy-looking horses.
Check with town hall for their rules and permits regarding horse-drawn
carriages on the roadways. Many towns require written clearance from
them, so that they can give you a police escort, if that’s necessary
traffic-wise, or clearance to go through residential areas.
Check with your chosen carriage operating company about their rules
regarding the horse’s safety. The company may say "no" to a
route that will bring you onto highways or traffic circles. Also, find
out their strict rules about weather conditions. They may reserve the
right to cancel during times of ice, snow, heavy rain and extreme heat,
all with the horse’s safety in mind (as well as yours!).
Be sure the carriage company has complete liability insurance."
is all very sound advice and it would serve you well if indeed you
decide to treat your "honey" to a horse-drawn carriage ride
for Valentine’s Day. It would still be fine to give the flowers, or
chocolate, or jewelry, or all of them along with the horse-drawn
carriage ride. In fact, depending on how serious you are with your
sweetheart, it might be wise to give all these gifts on Valentine’s
Day. The amount of gift giving is up to the giver. I just know from
personal experience that a horse-drawn carriage ride makes a special day
even more wonderful for someone who is a "nut" about Horses,
Bryant is a freelance writer from Oneonta.