Disney also has, but just not displayed, Lippizans, which are used for the Christmas Parade, and for weddings, to pull Cinderella's carriage. All the horses have harnesses "made exclusively for Disneyland by a well-known Canadian harness maker."
The horse department is called Circle D, and that at WDW is Circle D3 (I don't know what that means). The Circle D was formerly the Pony Farm.
The horses work four hours a day, four days a week under harness
The largest horse at Circle D Corral is Duke, a Percheron draft horse, who weighs more than 2,400 pounds.
Also, the signs on the Horse-Drawn Trolleys take thirty hours to make, as they are hand-hammered gold leaf.
Though it may look like the horses on Main Street are working hard, they, in fact, are
not. Fully loaded, the Street Cars weigh about 4000 lbs. Being on the steel tracks drops
the weight that the horses are pulling down to around 100 lbs. Two men could easily pull
the Street Car as easily as the horses... fully loaded!
REPORTED: Ronny Quomsieh & Ed Johnston 23 JUL 96
CONFIRMED: Randy Smith 31 JUL 96
There is a new horse in the line-up. It is one of the black trolley-pullers. His name is Jake. His first day was April 20th according to his driver.
CONFIRMED: Cara Witte 24 APR 97
Disney's Lippizans, which are normally used for the Christmas Parade to pull Cinderella's carriage, were not used in the 1998 Christmas parade. Instead, they hired two quarter horses used in the Wells-Fargo commercials. The lipizzans, Peter and Ellie, are taking a vacation. In the MULAN PARADE, we feature four black French Percherons, which are draft horses weighing approx. one ton each. We rotate our steeds so they get a night off now and then, between Tommy, Sam, Oscar, Jiggs, and Jack. Oscar also can be seen onstage pulling a streetcar.
UPDATE: anon 01 MAR 99
This is just to answer a question from somone who was asking what the D3 (horse barns) means at WDW. It is actuly called the Tri-Circle D Ranch, although I have never seen the logo myself I would Imagene it looks somthing like a hidden Mickey with two circles for the ears and one with a "D" in the centre for his head.
UPDATE: Thomas McCarthy 15 NOV 99
This is in regards to the question circle D ranch, circle D ranch was the name of a ranch on the original Mickey Mouse Club Show it may have even been the name of the show on MMC show I'm not sure.
CONFIRMED: Derek Grim 23 JAN 00
In regards to the WDW Ranch: it is called Tri-Circle D Ranch (A Mickey Head has 3 circles, hence Tri-Circle).
UPDATE: Daryl 22 APR 00
In regards to the statement that the "Circle D" name was originally from the Mickey Mouse Club is incorrect. The name of the ranch was the "Triple R". It was from "The Adventures of Spin and Marty", the first serial to premier on the Mickey Mouse Club on Nov. 11, 1955.
UPDATE: Jeff 30 JAN 01