We treat our equine partners as part of our family, and are committed to ensuring they always enjoy balanced health (mind, body, soul), are well trained, form a close bond of communication and trust with their drivers, and are happy in their work.
Tally-Ho uses only draft, or heavy horses, such as Clydesdales, Percherons, Belgians, Shires and a Suffolk Punch in our operations. They are the lifeline of the company, providing the general public a sensational opportunity to be introduced to horses, contributing to the vibrancy of Victoria, and creating employment opportunities for those of us whom are fortunate.
On average we have 20 draft horses in our herd, ranging from 9 to 22+ years old, and with various levels of skill development. For a horse to become part of our team, he must enjoy the work we do. All our horses have the right physical and emotional fitness levels to perform their jobs with ease, dignity and comfort.
A draft horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six times their own weight: our carriage horses are only expending about 20% of their capacity at a very low-impact level. Our horses are often living up to 10 years longer than the draft horse average due to their health care and lifestyle.
Many of the breeds we use are sadly facing the threat of extinction. Having worked alongside mankind for over 6,000 years, during peace and war, and significantly contributing to building our communities and influencing our history, recent estimates show an alarming worldwide decrease in some draft horse breeds, with some falling to the critical point: Clydesdale: < 5,000; Shire: <2,000; and Suffolk Punch: <850.
We are honored to share our lives with these amazing, beautiful, goofy, playful horses and hope you enjoy getting to know our amazing equine partners as much as we do!