by Emily Waldrep
Anyone who fills up their vehicle gas tank these days wishes they could find a way to spend less money getting around. Some folks have bought smaller cars, some have started riding motor scooters and others, bicycles. And some folks, it seems, prefer hay burners to fossil fuel guzzlers.
Jamie Wolfe, a resident of Warren, says she rides her horse to run errands around town whenever gas prices get too high.
"My mom told me to go pay the water bill so I just rode my horse, Molly, instead of using gas," Wolfe said.
She says that the ride from her home to town is a long way, and she often runs multiple errands in one trip to that she won't have to drive as much.
"It definitely helps my family save money," says Wolfe.
Stewart Welch of Stewart Welch Farrier Service says that using horses as an alternate mode of transportation can be completely safe and practical for the horse, but some additional precautions need to be taken.
"Horses need to have a special type of barium shoes put on their feet so that they won't slip and fall on the asphalt," Welch said. "Regular horse shoes or bare feet could injure the horse. Horses should also be trained to not be scared of approaching vehicles and loud noises."