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    01-18-2012, 02:51 PM
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Weanling
Horse drawn carriage accidents

Like many horsey people I love nothing more than seeing a horse drawn carriage, Wether its one horse or ten.. I think its beautiful, in my town they brought santa in on a carriage pulled by 4 shires.. class! But I recenly seen an article about a horse that was hit by a jeep in new york city. It was one of the carriages that go around for the tourists. This was a beautiful big chestnut horse, am not sure if it died from its injuries but it didnt look to well. Now iv never been to new york, but iv a few friends that live there and they say its bedlem (crazy) with people and traffic and I was just wondering is it safe for horses to be in around these big citys. With all the traffic, and fumes, hard roads,noise and people everywhere would it not be a bit distressing for them? Especially a young horse. And I seen another article about a poor horse that got spooked by someone banging their horn at them and the horse took of, ended up on the footpath and a few people got badly injured.
I was just wondering has anyone any thoughts on this? Has anyone seen one of these horses geting caught up in a bad accident?

     
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    01-18-2012, 03:06 PM
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Yearling
I think it's nice for the looks, but for the horse's safety, it's not the best. There's a petition online to stop carriages in NY I'll try and find the link.
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    01-18-2012, 03:24 PM
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Yearling
I found the link.

Animals Petition: Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in New York City - new bill needs support | Change.org
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    01-18-2012, 04:33 PM
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I personally think its a shame they are trying to get rid of the ny carraige rides. Its nice to see the city as a tourist from the carriage, there is something special about it.

I personally think the problem lies with the people who work or go in the city for the day. Generally (key word) people there are in a hurry and thinking of themselves. And due to people wanting to make a buck faster you get crazy speeding cars that go 35-40mph with in a block(very short distance) with no regard of even hitting people.
So in my eyes to ban the horse carriages because of unsafety then they should ban everyone from going there because the risk of being hit by a car is high as well. And if people are worried about horses breathing in fumes then they should also ban humans from the city as I believe those same fumes are just as bad to us as it is to them

Just my 2 cents
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    01-18-2012, 04:54 PM
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Weanling
Yey I get what your saying, like I said in the op, I love seeing horse drawn carriages, I used to own a cart pony.. but I just think that big cities arent the place for horses, they should be out in the fields running around, breathing in fresh air enjoying themselves. Like they still have some in the capital here, Dublin. I was looking at this one horse, he looked really old and he was trembling when the cars were going past, was really thin and kept lifting his front legs, Id say he was sore from ponding on the hard roads day in day out.
I just think its a bitter sweet, 99% of these horses are very well turned out, well feed and generally are in good shape but personally I just think its to dangerous to have them in the big cities nowadays. Even on the most quiet country roads alot of drivers these days have no respect for horses, flying past, banging their horns, shouting abuse. Its unbelieveable. But the sad fact is it happens. But at least if your on your horse out for a hack and a car comes flying around the corner you can get into a field out of the way but the horses in the cities have nowhere to run..
     
    01-18-2012, 05:08 PM
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Green Broke
Lubylol, thanks for the link--I'm signing it. Too many recent stories re: NYC abused carriage horses in recent years. OBVIOUSLY their animal control isn't interested in fixing it. NOT against city carraiges, just against using too light a horse with too heavy a work schedule. Just reminds me of "Black Beauty." I Thought we were past this!! =/
     
    01-18-2012, 05:21 PM
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It should be better regulated instead of completely eliminating it. But it is a shame some horses are not treated to the best care since they are living a pretty unnormal life for a horse :(
     
    01-21-2012, 05:08 PM
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Yearling
Normally they're only on the roads for a short time: Then they go through a scenic walk in Central Park. I've been to the city quite a few times, the place where the horses are on the road is more of a mild road. They also get hay/grain when they're waiting to be driven again.
     
    01-21-2012, 05:14 PM
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Green Broke
I love the carriages however I don't think its a good idea for them to be in such a big busy city anymore. As stated above people have no respect for horses anymore. I agree with banning it or atleast setting it up better where there are specific roads/ side roads for only the horses to be on.
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    01-21-2012, 05:37 PM
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Green Broke
I like seeing the carraiges but I personally am going to sign the ban. Even if you fix the horsey people there you can't fix the millions of other people there. The only way to keep the horses safe and healthy is to get them outta there. Imo
     

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