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About the New York Carriage Company
Since 1982 we've had the pleasure of sharing our love of horses with visitors to Central Park. As a family business, we are intimately involved with every aspect of our operations - maintaining the carriages, providing excellent service to our customers, and most importantly training and taking care of our horses. We are deeply appreciative for the opportunity to share with you our passion and excitement for New York City and Central Park, and in the wonderful memories we hope you will have from your visit here.
Care for the Horses

We have been working with horses for almost thirty years and caring for them is our top priority. Our concern for the horses' safety and well being extends throughout every aspect of our business from the moment we purchase a horse to when we retire him. There is nothing that is more important to us than the well-being of the horses.

We are extremely selective in choosing our horses. We only work with calm, sturdy animals who we feel can deal with the stress and rigor of the city. When we shop for a new horse, we'll often inspect over one-hundred horses before we find one that we think may be suitable. Our horses undergo extensive training in Pennsylvania before they arive in New York. If we ever have any doubts about a horse, we do not introduce him into the business. When they are ready to retire, we find our horses good homes on farms in Pennsylvania.

When our horses arrive in New York City they are well taken of. Each horse receives daily vitamins and supplements with his food and horses are groomed and inspected twice daily for sores and tenderness before and after they go to work. Furthermore, our horses are inspected at least twice a year by a vetrinarian. If they ever receive anything less than a clean bill of health they are sent to a farm in Pennsylvania to recuperate. Once a year, each horse is also given a five-week furlough at a farm with access to a paddock where he can graze and run around.

When our horses are in New York, we stable them in Midtown on the West Side. They sleep in large turn-around stalls and have good ventillation to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Each horse has lots of hay and fresh water in his stall. There are several stablemen who work around the clock to make sure that the horses are alright while in the stable. Our horses are shod approximately every five weeks with shoes that have a special alloy that will help the shoes stand up to the concrete.

We do not work with the horses in extreme weather. During the summer, we do not operate our carriages when the temperature exceeds 89 degrees. We often stop working around 87-88 degrees. In the winter, we carry special blankets to cover the horses when it is cold. We do not operate when the temperature falls below 19 degrees, and often stop working when the temperature is in the mid-twenties. We water our horses at least every two hours when they are working, and each carriage carries with it extra food and water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it more expensive to book a ride online?

No. We do not charge an extra fee for booking the ride in advance. Each ride costs the same amount regardless of whether you book it ahead of time or whether you simply walk up to a carriage along Central Park South. However, booking a ride in advance has several advantages. First, you are ensuring that you will go with a knowledgable and experienced driver who provide you with a high level of service. Second, some of our longer rides are unavailable from other drivers at certain times, especially when it is busy. We are committed to providing you with the ride you want when you want it.

Is the tip for the driver included in the price of the ride?

The tip is not included in the price of the ride. While tips are strictly customary, a large portion of the driver's compensation comes from tips. If you enjoyed the ride and feel that your driver has provided you with a high level of service, it is customary to tip as you would for service at a restaurant.

Are we allowed to feed the horses when we come?

Absolutely! Having fun is part of the experience. We encourage you to bring a healthy snack such as a carrot or apple for the horse. After all, he works on tips too!

Is it possible to book a carriage for a photoshoot or filming?

We do have carriages available for photoshoots and films. Give us a call and let us know how many carriages you need and some of the logistical details. We'll help you find the right horse and carriage to complete your production.

Where do you get your horses?

We work with the Amish and Menonite communities in Lancaster, PA and New Holland, PA to find horses with the right temperament and build for our work in New York. We are extremely selective in choosing our horses. We only work with calm, sturdy horses who we feel can deal with the stress and rigor of the city. When we shop for a horse, we'll often inspect over one-hundred horses before we find one that we think may be suitable. Our horses undergo extensive training in Pennsylvania before they arive in New York. If we ever have any doubts about a horse, we do not introduce them into the business.

Do the drivers talk about sights along the ride?

We employ knowledgable drivers who will happily tell you about the history of Central Park and all the sights you will pass along the ride. It is a treat for us to be able to work in such a beautiful place and we're always excited when we get to share it with people.

Testimonials

Here are some quotes from letters sent to us by our customers over the years:

"We couldn't ask for a better experience. The driver was knowledgeable and had tons of fun facts about the park. Thanks for letting our kids feed Bingo. They loved it! Our whole family had such a great time!"
- Janice, Bill, Jake and Kelly from Portland, Oregon.


"I've been promising my wife for fourty years that we would go for a romantic carriage ride. It's been her dream since she was a little girl. We finally managed to come to New York and we had such a wonderful time. Thank you for everything."
-John and Alice from London, England
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"Thank you for helping us coordinate all of the carriages for our wedding. We were in fits over how to get thirty-five guests from the hotel to the boathouse. You made everything so easy. We couldn't have done it without you!"
-Sean and Angie from Ithaca, New York.

"It was the perfect way to wrap up our first trip in New York. The park was so beautiful and it was really a treat to get to see it before we left. Simply magical."
-Elizabeth, Dan and Julie from Chicago, Illinois.