How many of you actually know anything about the NYC carriage horses, other than what you've read on the internet, and how many of you have actually been in the stables?
Before you start suggesting changes to the law regarding NYC carriage horses, I suggest you read what the law actually is – you can find it under the Administrative Code of the City of New York, Title 20 Consumer Affairs , Chapter 2 Licenses , Subchapter 21 Sight-Seeing Buses, Horse-Drawn Cabs And Drivers; Rules of the City of New York, Title 6 Department of Consumer Affairs, Chapter 2 Licenses , Subchapter you Sightseeing Buses, Horsedrawn Cabs and Drivers; Rules of the City Of New York, Title 24 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Chapter 4 Health, Safety and Well-Being of Rental Horses; and Administrative Code of the City of New York, Title 17 Health , Chapter 3 Licenses and Permits , Subchapter 3 Rental Horse Licensing and Protection Law.
I've been in Clinton Park Stables - it is clean, open, airy, and well-ventilated, stalls well-bedded, plenty of hay, custom mix grain, automatic waterers, sprinklers in case of, God forbid, a fire, misters and fans. And, yes, the stalls are much bigger than you’ve been led to believe – the size is mandated by law and the horses can, in fact, lie down in them. I saw plenty doing so. The horses were all in good weight and condition – bright eyed, engaged and engaging. We saw the stable hands moving the carriages by hand, by themselves. We walked up and down the ramp and saw horses do the same. When on their daily routes, the horses have access to water, grain, and carrots.
BTW – I am not a carriage driver. I had heard about this controversy and went to New York to see for myself what was going on. If I thought for one second that these horses were not being kept in anything but great conditions I would not spend so much of my time defending them. I suggest that before you start telling someone else how to best keep their horses, that you actually understand, as in actual research, what is truly going on.
One more thing to keep in mind – the folks behind this don’t give a rat’s ass about horses. This is all about two things, 1) very valuable real estate and 2) the radical animal rights activists wish to end ALL human-animal bonds. They mean to do away with ALL uses of all animals – no therapy dogs, no riding horses, certainly no livestock. Don’t believe me? Do your own research and you will see for yourself.