Ellie’s Furcast: Horse Drawn Carriage Co.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — If you’ve ever spent a day in downtown Anchorage, chances are you’ve seen giant black horses trotting through the streets, giving people carriage rides. These horses are owned by a man named Jon Nauman, who says he spent his retirement “riding”.

“I love all horses as long as they are draft or work horses, and I love all breeds as long as they are Percheron,” Nauman said. “And I like all colors of horses as long as they are black.”

Not at all picky about the type of horses he likes, Nauman says he founded the Horse Drawn Carriage Co. LLC in 1983.

“We like to think that we make people happy and give them a chance to find out a bit about how life used to be,” Nauman said.

People can go to its website and make a reservation for a horse-drawn carriage ride at any time of the year or rent for any occasion. There are sleighs, wagons, and even an antique carriage – the Falling Front Brougham – built in 1893.

“I was told Liberace got in there,” Nauman said of his Falling Front Bougham. “It’s over 130 years old and I don’t know if it’s true or not, but someone told me there are only five left in the country and they’re in museums, but I still use mine.”

Pulling carriages of this size can be a heavy task for small horse breeds, but not for Percherons. According to the Percheron Horse Association of America, Percherons originated in France and evolved from being a war horse, to being a stage horse, to being a draft and working breed.

“We call them the gentle giants,” Nauman said. “And you have to remember that they’re nice once in a while, giant all the time.”

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