Dec 1, 2003, 5:46 PM
Post #2 of 5
That sounds very romantic indeed - riding along the malecon in a horse and carriage. How wonderful would that be! Truth of the matter is I don't think it is legal here for horses in the street. We see them on the beach and on Isla de la Piedra with the tourists but never in the streets. In days gone by there was a union for the horse and buggy, when they were the only form of transportation. To this day, the little open air trucks (called Aurigas) belong to that same union and even have a logo on the trucks that resemble the horse and carriage. The Pulmonia (the name for an open air vehicle unique to Mazatlan, which literally means pneumonia) has taken the place of the "arañas" of days gone by. The fun little Pulmonias are in yet another union, separate from the Auriga, and separate again from the Taxi unions.
I know of another foreigner that had the same dream but I am not sure if it was fully examined. This could be a project for you. She thought that it would be a great tour in the Colonial District. Transportation licenses are expensive and tough to get here, though nothing is impossible in Mexico. Maybe time consuming, but never impossible.
As to your question of veterinarians, I can put you in touch with a friend who has a thriving horse back riding operation here. She would be the person to give you this kind of "horsey" advice. She has been here for years and knows her business well.