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Frequently Asked Questions


It is a bit daunting making a choice between all the carriages and horses, you can pretty much pick any team of horse to go with any carriage, but you do need to think about distance and time it’ll take to travel to the venue. We realise you need as much info as possible, so here’s a few Frequently Asked Questions to answer some of the most common questions.

How Far Can the Horses Travel?

Shire horses can walk a maximum distance of 5 miles in a day The Gelderlanders or Carriage Horses can cover slightly longer distances 6-7 miles

How Fast Can the Horses go?

Shire horses can walk a maximum speed of 15 minutes a mile, so if you have quite a distance to travel or time is important then maybe you should think about choosing the traditional carriage horses “gelderlanders” These can trot at a speed of 7 minutes a mile. These horses are very elegant with a high stepping action.

What about the Coachmen?

All of our coachmen are very experienced and have also worked on films including the pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock homes and the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

What if it rains?

All of our carriages can be fully convertible or fully enclosed within minutes, so ideal for those winter weddings or chilly Autumn days! the only person that will get wet is the coachman!

What if it snows?

If it is forecast to snow on your event we will keep an eye on the forecast and keep in touch with you, we will do everything we can to be there, but in the event that it would be dangerous for the horses and we cancel then a full refund would be made.

Which carriage is best?

All of our carriages are in immaculate condition and have been made especially to our design. All carriages arrive with a pair of horses with ribbons to match your colour scheme. Carriages can be booked for most types of event, please let us know what you would like to do.

What happens on the wedding day?

The horse and carriage will arrive in plenty of time for photos with the horses and carriage, and after the ceremony there will be time for photos with the horses.

Do you only cover Kent?

We cover the South East of England for weddings and funerals but cover the whole of the UK for filming, we can also work internationally for filming on request.

What other events can I hire you for?

We can offer horses and carriage for all events, Santa’s arrivals, company promotion and advertising, pub openings, pub tours, birthdays, filming the list is endless, if you do not see what you require please ask I’m sure we will be able to accommodate.

Are you insured?

Yes, we have all the necessary licences and public liability cover of £5,000,000 all documents can be seen on request

What are your terms

We require £150.00 deposit on booking with the balance payable two months before your wedding. The deposit is non refundable but if you need to change the date we will carry your deposit over to your new date (subject to availability)

Do you own your own horses?

All carriages and horses are owned by Drayhorse Shires and we do not subcontract any work out to other companies, all carriages and horses can be viewed at our premises by appointment.

What are your opening Hours

We are open 8am to 10pm 7 days a week for your convenience

How do I pay

We accept all debit/credit cards
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FAQs was last modified: November 25th, 2015 by RossDrayAdmin