Horses of Vigan

horse and driverHorse and buggy in Vigan

There are 105 horse buggies registered to take tourists around the town of Vigan in northern Luzon.

100 are driven by men and 5 by women.

This seems like a unique way to get around the historic district of this beautiful town.

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historic district vigan philippinesVigan Philippines

hores with buggyThe horses seem undaunted by the traffic and they all have big blinders so they don’t get distracted.

horses of viganVigan Philippines

horses in the historic districtIt seems that the horses and drivers spend most of the day waiting for fares.

I have not yet checked into how much it costs to get a tour on one of these carts.

I am inclined to try to get a ride with the girl in the first photo later.

She seems to really care for her horse.

shoeing the horseThese guys are shoeing their horse.

shoeing the horseOn the spot horse shoe replacement.

waiting for faresThese pictures don’t look like they were taken in the Philippines!

Calle Crisologo – Heritage Village Vigan – Horse and buggy

Calle Crisologo It costs 50 pesos for a quick tour but it might cost 150 for a longer trip covering a bigger area. I did a few short rides with different drivers.

Historical District ViganHistorical District – Vigan Luzon

feeding the horseThese drivers do take good care of their animals but it’s a long day for both the horse and the driver. I see them returning home late at night in the dark with no lights.

horse driverOne of the horse drivers.

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horsesHorses in Vigan

The last rideThe last ride.

Vigan LuzomHorse and buggy

Jul 13, 2010

9 responses to “Horses of Vigan”

  1. If you been to Manila say some 50 years back, you will be surprise that calesa is one of the main form of transport. And just 25 years back calesa are favored by Chinese while moving around in Ongpin (the Chinatown) and in few select places in Manila.

    All those years, I havent seen a woman rig-driver.

    As always, your blog is worth following!

  2. Really cool pictures of horses there and their carts. So you’re a Dutch traveling all over Philippines?

  3. edwinic is right ur blog is worth following!

    have you been in batanes? hope to to read something about batanes someday soon..

    may the lord god bless you with good health then..

  4. Gee you sure get about DP, brought back many memories when I viewed this page. Last there a long time ago and agree beautiful old place loved bit.

    You pictures are wonderful, must of been a long ride, beyond me Im afraid.

    Keep up the great work DP cheers.


  5. No problem logging on here in So. Calif. this morning. Been following your site for a few years now. My wife of 2 years is from Arawane, Daram, Samar and went to high school and college in Catbalogan, so you can see why I found your blog so interesting after I met her. Hope you’re doing well. I envy you a bit, but I know the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Happy trails!!!


  6. Oh my god! What is that person doing, tying that poor horse’s leg up with a rope while he’s filing the hoof? Dangerous and uncomfortable for the horse, and completely unnecessary! Clearly this guy needs some lessons from a properly trained farrier. And would it bloody kill the lazy people to unhitch the poor horse and take the weight off his back for a few minutes while they shoe him? Wow.

    Travellers, please pay attention to the health of the horses and how they are treated when selecting a rig to hire, in any country. Check for sores under harness, lameness, or other signs of illness or injury. Reward the owners who care properly for their animals with your commerce.

    – Zach

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