Dave Hoch, dressed in a shiny green paisley vest, string tie and cowboy hat, swung bridles onto his two horses, Ethan and Patrick, one recent morning.
“Ready to hook ‘em up?” the 68-year-old Rancho resident asked his wife, Diana Hoch.
“Yup,” she said, guiding the horses out of their barn while her husband hooked them up to their 1895 Rockaway carriage.
It’s normal to see equestrians in Burbank’s Rancho district, where 82 horses are registered with the city and some intersections have signal buttons raised for riders.
But a 19th century vintage carriage led by a pair of horses is rare. Theirs — which they purchased about three years ago from Morgan Carriage Works in Oak View — is likely one of the oldest carriages in Burbank.
And it’s popular among city residents.
Twice, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy has ridden in the carriage during Burbank on Parade. And when City Manager Mark Scott moved to Burbank last year, they used it to give him a tour of their neighborhood.