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Horse-drawn carriage driving

Horse-drawn carriage driving

Transport routes in the Notranjska region have always been important in terms of economy and communications because they were the intersection of routes in the direction from Trieste to Ljubljana, the Dolenjska region and Zagreb, the Kočevje and the Kvarner region. Transportation of cargo developed as early as the Middle Ages and then gradually evolved in horse-drawn carriage driving (transportation services).

With respect to the length of the route travelled, there were short-distance coachmen (transported wood from forests, could spend the entire day on the road), medium-distance coachmen (could spend the entire day and part of the night on the road) and long-distance coachmen (transported cargo to merchants or railway stations, could spend a week or more on the road). Long-distance driving was also the most profitable one.

On their way back, coachmen transported flour and other supplies for farmers, merchants and bakers. The money received for each ride, called fura, was used to feed and shoe the horses, for cart maintenance, some was brought home and the rest was left in inns along the route. Horse-drawn carriage driving was an important source of income for the local people because it contributed to the creation of an interesting bond of several different trades, ranging from blacksmithing to saddling, and wheeling to inn-keeping.

After 1950, horse-drawn carriage driving died out because the transportation of wood was taken over by the state forestry sector and horse-drawn carriages were replaced by carriers with motorized vehicles.

Period of horse-drawn carriage driving in the area:  from 15th to 20th century
Length of routes:  up to 100 km
Weight of individual carriage:  up to 6 tons
Imported goods:  salt, oil, sugar, fish, wine
Exported goods: iron and glass items, linen, cheese, lard, cattle, wood
See also

The Heritage house

Tree-lined avenues

Hay carriage rides