You might have heard that there have been a few incidents involving carriage horses in New York City in the past. While on duty, the horses in these accidents either got hit by a car, died while working, or got spooked for one reason or another. If you have ever been in NYC, and especially around Central park/Columbus Circle/5th Avenue, you have seen the carriages and their horses lined up waiting for some “ignorant” tourists to go on a “romantic” trip. Ignorant I say, because they probably don’t know the living and working conditions these horses are in every day. They have to work almost every day, doesn’t matter how hot or how cold. In a noisy city with dangerous traffic, and they live in small, dark stables that are fire hazards. I think years ago, and I mean decades ago, it must have seemed a romantic idea of going around town in a carriage, but reality is that in the meantime the traffic in the city has increased by 1000% or so, and it is just not safe anymore. I am confident we can take all the carriage horses of the streets very soon, by buying the rights from the owners and bringing them to safe pastures somewhere in the countryside. These horses are sweet natured, but don’t belong in the city. It is not safe for them, but these horse drawn carriages are also not safe for pedestrians and other people that take part in the traffic everyday.
One of these accidents happend with a 6 year old horse named “Ore0” (love the name) bolted as he got spooked by a car that honked near him.
*6 year old is very young for a horse to let you know. It is logical that he doesn’t know everything yet and can get scared. Actually, it does not matter how old or young the horse is, it is a living creature with feelings and emotions and any horse could spook.
On board were the driver and a couple hoping for a nice ride through the park. What they got was a horse that took off and had them falling off and getting hurt. He took off and an onlooker a few blocks down managed to capture Oreo. Of course Oreo was so scared of everything around him (he is a horse and he was in the middle of traffic alone) So when the police came, they had to shoot him with a tranquilizer shot. He fell to the ground and people passing by were watching this in horror. Read what happened exactly here. What I have read is that the injuries of the people were not major. And Oreo? They are giving him another vet check, but the first check showed only some bruises around his mouth. Yeah right, let’s not mention the psychological trauma he endured that he has to live with for the rest of his life.
I love horses, and I live in NYC. Therefore I am excited that we CAN stop this because there is a great alternative! The people of NYClASS continuously protest the horse drawn carriage industry in NYC, and actually have designed an electrical car or “horseless carriage” to drive tourists around Central Park. This way the transportation of people who want to see the beautiful views of New York City, can be safe and clean too. I love the idea! If you are all for this idea, you can support it by signing this petition, and maybe even donate some money so they can develop a prototype. I think it is a great solution, very fun and a good looking idea too!
I am really brainstorming on finding out how we can stop the carriage horses in the City and having these cars all over! Do you have any ideas how we can do this? I wish I could adopt Oreo and find a place upstate… we would only do fun rides in the woods and he would be in the pasture the rest of the day! I hope this will soon be reality instead of a dream.. Horse drawn carriages in NYC are so 1904! Thankfully Bill de Blasio comes into office as the new Mayor of New York City in 2014, and he has spoken out against the horse carriage industry. Hopefully he will change this situation for the better.