04-11-2012, 08:18 PM
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They tried to go after Disney for their carriage horses a few years ago when I was still working there. I hear a LOT of people complaining or saying how sorry they feel for the horses there, yada yada yada... they work all day long, yada yada. But people only know what they see, and if they don't work for that company, they don't know what really goes on behind the scenes.
I'm NOT saying the New York Carriage Horse issues isn't bad, it is. But I also know Peta blows things way out of proportion and if they had their way, people wouldn't even RIDE a horse.
BTW, the Disney horses... well they only work 2 hours a day, 4 days a week. The rest of their time they are in a big dry lot with their buddies being... well, lazy horses doing the same things our horses do in their stables. It kind of makes me wonder about Carriage horses not only in NY but Kansas City, LA, and all of the other places you see them..... do they really work for hours or are they rotated out too.
I think some things just merit a little more in depth investigation. Are the horses REALLY worked all darn day? Do they never have days off? And yes, those stalls look like DEATH TRAPS....that DOES need to be fixed. But we also have to think of things like where will these horses go if/when they are put out of work? What happens to them then???
One last question, if their life is really THAT bad, why do they seem fit and healthy instead of poorly conditioned and emaciated??