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27th Annual Cona Convention February 2015
New York City Feb 26th - Feb 28th

2015 Convention Information   Registration

Carriage Operators of North America

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Most Frequently Asked Questions about Carriage Horses

• Does this horse like his job?
Carriage horses are bred to work in harness In fact, the exercise keeps him healthy. Horses recognize, respond to and develop an affection for their drivers.
• Does the pavement hurt his hooves?
No, because he wears protective shoes.
• May I pet the horse?
Each horse is different. Always ask
the driver if it is safe to touch the horse.
• How much weight can a horse pull?
A horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six (6) times his own weight, however most carriage horses are used at only 25% of that capacity.
• What is the average life expectancy of a horse?
Twenty-five to 30 years. Horses have been
known to live well into their 40s.
• Is it normal for a horse to sweat?
Yes. It is a natural cooling process,
just as it is with people.
• How do horses rest?
Horses usually sleep standing up,
often with one hind foot cocked.
• How often do you feed the horse?
A horse consumes two or three meals
of hay/grain per day.

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There is a rich history and much tradition associated with horse drawn carriages. Public carriages for hire were once very common and every city and town had it's quota of livery stables. There were large numbers of passenger vehicles on the streets with some carrying as many as forty people at one time.
Horse drawn vehicles in public service lasted until well into the 20th century, now they are one of the most exclusive means of transportation in the world today. Horse drawn carriages remain a unique way to travel to and from your wedding service, make a proposal, see the sights or just relax and enjoy the ambiance of a bygone era.

CONA is committed to promoting the humane welfare of carriage animals. We promote quality carriage and customer service. We strive to be the voice of the professional carriage industry by representing our membership and assisting government agencies at the local, state and federal levels. We provide open communications and education for members and the public on the operation and management of the carriage trade. We encourage networking and sharing of ideas throughout the industry.

CONA is an international non profit organization which strives to provide an efficient method for clients to find a nearby high quality, professional, independently owned Horse drawn Carriage Company which can satisfy their horse and carriage requirements. CONA provides a support network which is designed to assist member Companies in attaining and maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and service

Our members have access to material, education, aid and support designed to guide them in becoming professional carriage operators who provide quality, reliable and safe horse drawn carriage services. By joining CONA they have taken an extra step toward this goal, however CONA can not guarantee that all individual members adhere to our policies, therefore one should investigate each potential vender with the same care as you would in hiring an unknown company. Consult our State Listings for contact information and links to individual websites for a member company in your area. Some of our members provide products and services related to the industry, locate them Here .

A low cost and limited membership catagory is for sustaining membership. Sustaining Membership is open to those persons who are not Company owners that desire to support CONA, the organizations goals, and / or attend our CONA Annual Convention. Membership is open to carriage drivers and employees of companies which may or may not be members of CONA and to others who have an interest in the organization who have no affiliation with commercial carriage operations.

CONA members oppose a mandatory National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Additionally CONA members oppose any mandatory or voluntary movement tracking of all equine species other than the current system of veterinarian certificates and coggins tests.

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