Horse-drawn carriages in New York City pose many safety issues for both people and horses. Carriages often get in the way of emergency vehicles. Horses exposed to vehicular traffic are bombarded with toxic exhaust fumes. There have been many accidents, some resulting in human injury or death of the horses.
NYC law allows horses to work 9 hours a day, 7 days a week, and allows their stalls to be as small as 60 sq. ft. This is less than half what experts recommend. It is impossible for the horses to lie down comfortably in such small stalls. Adequate water is also a serious problem. In winter only one water trough operates in Central Park and there are no water troughs in Times Square where they work at night until 3:00 a.m.
For their entire life in this industry, NYC carriage horses are prevented from moving naturally or interacting with others of their species. They lead lives of utter desolation and misery. But now there is a New York State bill that will help these horses. If you live in New York, please click here to send a message to your State Senator and Assembly Member. If you do not live in New York, you can send a letter to New York officials by clicking here.