Equines

Our Equines

Drive Through Pricing

Cash or NC check No Debit or Credit Cards Adult $11.00 Children (2-11) $8.00 Seniors (60+) $8.00 Feed $3.00 (64oz bucket)

Wagon Ride Pricing

SUSPENDED FOR COVID-19 Cash or NC check No Debit or Credit Cards Call for Reservations Adult $16.00 Children (2-11) $11.00 Seniors (60+) $11.00 1 bucket included for every 2 people Price includes admission

Hours of Operation

Monday through Saturday, 9am until 5:30pm, arrive by 4 Sunday 12pm - 5:30pm, arrive by 4

Equine Facts

Equine, one of the mammal family of Equidae that includes the modern horses, zebras, and donkeys. Domestic horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe.

Grevy Zebra

Scientific Name: Equus grevyi

Range: Northern Kenya, south and east Ethiopia, and south Somalia
Height: 46-64 inches at shoulder
Weight: 770-990 lbs.
Gestation: 390 days (13 months)

The Grevy is the largest species of zebra. The two major characteristics that set zebras apart from their two closest relatives are their very distinct black and white stripes and their untamable wild nature. Unlike other zebra species, Grevy zebras do not form permanent herds, and social bonds between any two adult animals seem to be temporary. Unlike territorial males of other species, Grevy males are tolerant of other males who enter their territories. These animals require less water and are less cold tolerant than other zebra species. Depending on lighting conditions, a motionless zebra is nearly invisible to the human eye at night. The Grevy zebra is an endangered species.

With a wild population estimated at fewer than 2,000 individuals. Captive breeding programs are working to increase the population.

Grevy Zebra

Sicilian Donkey

Sicilian Donkey

Scientific name: Equus assinus

Domestic Breed: Italy, Sicily
Height: 29-49 inches
Weight: 100-200 lbs.
Life Span: 25-50 years

Contrary to popular opinion, donkeys are not dumb animals. They are very clever but can often be stubborn. Donkeys are highly resistant to disease and remain healthy even into old age, The Sicilian donkey is known for its sweet, affectionate disposition. In the past donkeys were used more commonly for work than today. People used them for transportation, to pull wagons and as pack animals. The donkey became popular because of its few needs, its cautiousness, and its bravery. Domestic donkeys retain a lot of the aggression of their wild ancestors. They can be used to protect sheep from wild dogs. If a group of donkeys is attacked they will form a circle and fight the predator with their hooves. The Sicilian breed is noted for a cross-shaped marking along the back beginning at the base of the neck. Legend says that Jesus rode a Sicilian donkey, and this is the reason for the cross-shaped marking.

Standardbred Horse

Scientific Name: Equus caballus

Domestic Breed: Descended from an English thoroughbred, but developed in the United States
Height: 60 inches to shoulder
Weight: 800-1000 lbs.
Gestation: 340 days

The origin of the Standardbred breed is traced back to Messenger, an English Thoroughbred, that was exported to the United States. The term “Standardbred” originated in the late 1870’s because the USA Trotting Authority required that only those horses who could pace or trot a mile in “Standard” time of 2.30 minutes or better were eligible for registration. Those horses bred to that standard became known as Standardbreds. The Standardbred comes in a range of coat colors, but the most common are bay or brown.

Standardbred Horse

Mammoth Donkey

Mammoth Donkey

Scientific Name: Equus usimus

Domestic Breed: Spain
Height: Jacks: 56-60 inches at shoulder / Jennies: 54-58 inches at shoulder
Weight: Jacks: 700-1100 lbs./ Jennies: 500-800 lbs.
Gestation: 340 days

It is a little known fact that George Washington was instrumental in the development of Mammoth Donkeys. As a mule breeder, Washington strove to produce large mules for draft work. Unfortunately, the only donkeys in the United States at the time were not big enough or strong enough to sire such mules. The most desirable breeds were in Spain. Washington wrote the King of Spain inquiring about purchasing some good quality breeding stock. The King sent one jack and two jennies as a gift. Mammoth Donkeys are very docile,highly intelligent and a friendly breed of equines. They are easily trained to be ridden or used as draft animals. A wide range of colors exists in today’s Mammoth Donkeys; however the predominant colors are black and red (Sorrel, or chestnut).

Percheron Draft Horse

Scientific Name: Equus caballus

Domestic Breed: France
Height: 60-76 inches at shoulder
Weight: averaging 1,900 lbs. but can reach up to 2,600 pounds
Gestation: 340 days

This breed derives its name from Le Pershe, an old province located 50 miles southwest of Paris. Percherons were first imported from France in 1839. Percherons are born black and gray out over their lifetime. The light colored grays and whites were preferred because of their visibility at night. Percherons are very versatile. They readily adapt to varying climates and conditions. They have the strength to pull heavy loads and also the graceful style to pull a fine carriage. Percherons can be ridden, and some have been known to make fine jumpers.

Percheron Draft Horse

Belgian Draft Horse

Belgian Draft Horse

Scientific Name: Equus caballus

Domestic Breed: The Belgian draft horse is descended from the war horse of the Middle ages. Its location of origin is Brabant, in what is now Belgium. Belgians, as the breed is known in America, differ slightly from its European ancestor the Brabant.
Height: 16.2-18 hands
Weight: 1,800-2,200 lbs.
Gestation: 340 days

The Belgian is the most popular work horse in America. They can pull tremendous amounts of weight, up to three times their body weight. Sorrel and roan colors are the most common in the modern Belgian breed of horses. Chestnut, red roan, dun, brown, and gray are other variants of color. Belgians have a kind temperament and are easy to handle. Belgians are often used as working animals, but have also become popular as show horses, gaming horses, and even as trail riding horses.

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