"zomg!!???!?!??7-#+"?#?#? That horse is foaming at the mouth!!!!!!!!"..... Really? That's desireable... He isn't dying of thirst.
"Zomg!! The horsey fell down!"... All animals fall. You fall. It's unfortunate and scary, but it surely happens!
"Those carriage are HEAVY. It's abuse to make them pull them all day!"... Really, most adults could pull those wagons. The horses are easily 5-10x the size.
I was just in central park, I live a short train ride from NYC and I frequent NYC. I saw ONE horse out of the 50+ I saw who was a little on the skinny side. Skinnier then I'd like my horse, but not starving. They are ALL content to just plot along or stand on the street. I saw NO vice like behavior (cribbing, weaving, wind sucking). No poor feet, they all had pads on. All were well groomed. All the equipment looked to fit well and be in good repair.
The only think I would like to see is the horses kept in the park only. They really don't need to be in time square. I'd also like to see then (horse drivers) being cited for reckless driving. More then once I saw the drivers pull their horses out into tight spots because they think/have the right of way.
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