NYC Carriage Horses
Hello everybody! I was just making my way through some YouTube videos (aka procrastinating my nursing homework) and stumbled on a bunch all about NYC carriage horses. I watched from both sides of the argument, both obviously stirring up some strong emotions and opinions. Here are the two I saw most relevant, not some half brain animal rights activists that think that leashing your dog is wrong. PRO: This man is a carriage driver in NYC. He owns a bunch of horses (4?) and has 100 acres upstate where he frequently brings his horses for some R&R. He does mention rotating them every few months, etc. This video shows a look inside the barn. YouTube - Broadcast Yourself Against: This is from the humane society YouTube - Broadcast Yourself I've actually met a few carriage drivers, my grandfather is Irish and knows a few, and the one thing I remember them saying was how if they lost their horses they lost everything. They become very close and attached to their horses because they spend more time with them than their families. I don't think anyone is out there "to make a quick buck", the hours are long and the "equipment" is costly. After they take out their "business expenses" how much are they really left with? Enough to pay the bills? Put food on the table? I certainly would not consider these horses as suffering. The horses look rather fat, well kept, well trained and content. I don't know the nitty gritty laws to horse keeping in NYC but I would like to see the industry become slighty more enforced. Maybe regulating hours of operation, set a minimum amount of 'vacation time', come down more harshly on violations, but MOST of all I would like to see them confine the horses to the park only!! I think this would be a huge benefit to the animals’ well-being. It would relieve a lot less stress (although they all seem to handle it well) and most importantly a reduce risk of accidents. I would hate to see this profession/way of life/tradition become eradicated from a few bad seeds. If you look anywhere in any industry, I don't care if it is horses, health care or politics, you are going to get morons who give others a bad name! How do you feel? PS... I messed up the poll. It should have read "Should NYC keep it's carriage horses?"
Last edited by SlideStop; 03-24-2012 at 02:59 PM.