Horse-drawn carriages taking children to school? Why not?

Article of RIPESS Europe newsletter, April 2023

April 2023

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Summary :

La Chapelle Gaceline, a rural commune in Morbihan (Brittany, France) has been building an increasingly marked horse identity since 2009. It began with the arrival of Nayak, the first territorial horse, then the installation of an equestrian theater and a saddlery on the commune.

After a visit in 2008, to Saint Pierre sur Dives in Normandy where school transport is done daily by carriage with a draft horse led by 2 municipal employees, Nayak, a Breton draft horse began to transport children daily from school to the canteen.

Nayak’s missions have expanded to watering planters and flowering the town, transporting plants to be crushed and thus transformed into mulching, then a project to sweep the town center with a prototype of horse-drawn sweeper but also participation in local events: Flower Festival of La Gacilly, Folles Journées Equi-cités, as well as the transport of the bride and groom during ceremonies or the delivery of municipal flyers and bulletins.

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