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MessageSujet: CARRIAGES HORSES   Dim 1 Juil - 8:44

APRIL 20 2012

Help NYC Carriage Horses - Even If You Wrote Last Week, Please Act Again

Last week we asked you to contact NYC & Company, the official tourist agency for New York City, on behalf of the poor carriage horses still suffering in that wonderful city. Today we ask you to send a similar letter to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A noisy, congested city is no place for horse-drawn carriages. These horses suffer day-in and day-out, from pulling carriages in all manner of weather extremes, to their dark and lonely nights spent in the barren warehouses where they return at the end of their nine-hour days. By law, they can work seven days a week. You can help by speaking out against the cruel carriage horse industry in NYC. Use the form at this link to send a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It is important for him to understand how people feel about this inhumane industry.


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New York City's Carriage Horses: A Dangerous And Inhumane Industry That Must End

Please use the form at the bottom of this page to contact Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages, of which IDA is a member, reports that there have been nine adverse incidents involving carriage horses that have resulted in vehicular accidents, injury to horses or passengers, or in one case, the death of a carriage horse. All of these have occurred since July 2011, spanning a period of just nine months, averaging about one incident per month. Most incidents occur when a horse “spooks” - suddenly becomes frightened and takes flight, dragging the carriage behind him. In a noisy, chaotic environment like New York City, things that can spook a horse are a constant reality. There are also horses who collapse or become entangled in carriages and harnesses. Sometimes they collapse for no apparent reason, like Charlie, who collapsed and died on the street in October. His death is still unexplained. A noisy, congested city is no place for horse-drawn carriages. These horses suffer day-in and day-out, from pulling carriages in all manner of weather extremes, to their dark and lonely nights spent in the barren warehouses where they return at the end of their nine hour days. By law, they can work seven days a week. You can help by speaking out against the cruel carriage horse industry in NYC.

1) Use the form at the bottom of this page to send a letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It is important for him to understand how people feel about this inhumane industry.

2) Snail mail: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City Hall, New York, NY 10007.

3) Sign up to participate in Lobby Day on May 1. If you live in the New York metropolitan area, sign up to participate in Lobby Day on Tuesday May 1, 2012. Concerned animal advocates will travel to Albany to urge support for pending bills (A07748 and S5013) that would ban the carriage horses in NYC. League of Humane Voters has arranged for a bus to transport individuals from NYC to Albany and back. You can sign up at this link: http://carriagehorselobbyday.org/.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to take action now . Here is a brief summary of carriage horse incidents occurring in the past nine months:

July 16, 2011 – a carriage horse spooks and bolts, galloping from Fifth Avenue, up Central Park South to 7th Avenue, hitting a taxi and car on the way
End of July, 1011 – a carriage horse spooks and falls while pulling tourists in Central Park
July 25, 2011 – a taxi crashes into flimsy horse-drawn carriage, causing serious injuries to driver and passengers
October 23, 2011 - Charlie, a NYC carriage horse, collapses and dies on West 54th St. on his way to work. The cause of his death is still unexplained.
October 28, 2011 – a carriage horse spooks on Central Park South and runs into the traffic, eventually crashing and falling in the park. He is no longer in the industry.
November 4, 2011 - Luke, a NYC carriage horse, collapses on West 60th St. He is down for 15 minutes.
December 4, 2011 – a carriage horse named Charlie (another Charlie) collapses on West 59th St. He was painfully pulled up by his bit. He is no longer in the industry.
February 14, 2012 – a carriage horse suddenly falls in Central Park and breaks his leg. He is no longer in the industry.
March 3, 2012 – an unnamed horse spooks on 11th Avenue and 52nd St., dragging his empty, overturned carriage into the street.
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I am a member of In Defense of Animals, and I implore you, as Mayor of New York City, to bring an end to the cruel industry that forces horses to pull cumbersome carriages in heavy midtown traffic.

Over the past nine months, there have been no less than nine adverse incidents involving carriage horses that have resulted in vehicular accidents, injury to horses or passengers or, in one case, the death of a carriage horse. This terrible track record reveals an industry that must be shut down.

NYC is one of the most congested cities in the world. Slow moving horse-drawn carriages pose a safety issue to the public and carriage riders and often get in the way of emergency vehicles.

The horses are denied the freedom to roam and stretch their limbs on a daily basis, something essential to their health. By law, horses are allowed to work nine hours a day, seven days a week. Although they are supposed to get a 15 minute break every two hours, there is no way to enforce this provision.

The romantic image of the horse-drawn carriage is a myth. I would never take a carriage horse ride and I would discourage anyone from ever doing so. All recent polls of public opinion show that more than eighty percent believe the practice should be ended. Both Frommer's and Fodor's guides to NYC warn tourists and visitors against supporting this inhumane and dangerous industry. New Yorkers and tourists feel its time to end this cruel industry. Please act to remove this blight from your wonderful city.

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MessageSujet: Re: CARRIAGES HORSES   Dim 1 Juil - 8:49

AUGUST 18 2011

Help New York City Carriage Horses

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 :

http://council.nyc.gov/d3/html/members/home.shtml


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Thanks to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages for the information in this alert.

Tell New York State Officials To Support S.5013/A.7748
To Prohibit Horse-drawn Carriages In New York City

Please help pass a New York State bill, S.5013/A.7748, that would ban the operation of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. It also contains provisions for the humane relocation, sale, or transfer of the horses released from their service. This bill will end the exploitive use of horses forced into a life of servitude, encased in harnesses and made to pull heavy carriages for nine hours a day.

Everyone can respond to this alert, even if you live outside of New York.

Frommer's travel guide to NYC listed carriage horse rides among "Things Not to do in NYC," asking tourists to "pity those poor beasts of burden, who appear so forlorn as if pulling carriages is the last thing they want to do… Horses belong on city streets as much as chamber pots belong in our homes."

S.5013/A.7748 attempts to get fair consideration by bringing the issue to the state legislature, where the carriage industry will have less influence to block its passage than it does in NYC.






Please personalize and submit the form below to send a message to the Chairs of the Cities Committees for both the New York State Senate and Assembly.

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NYC is one of the most congested cities in the world. Slow moving horse-drawn carriages pose a safety issue to the public and carriage riders and often get in the way of emergency vehicles. Horses exposed to vehicular traffic are bombarded with toxic exhaust fumes, and many show resulting respiratory impairment from years of inhaling these fumes. There have been many accidents, some resulting in human injury or death of the horses.

The horses live in multi-level warehouse style “stables.” Horses reach the upper floors by steep ramps, which puts added stress on older arthritic horses. The warehouses are fire traps which do not permit easy passage during an emergency.

By law, horses are allowed to work 9 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although they are supposed to get a 15 minute break every 2 hours, there is no way to enforce this provision. Horses spend all their time outside walking with steel shoes on asphalt, which contributes to painful lameness.

The horses are denied the freedom to roam and stretch their limbs on a daily basis, something essential to their health. By law the horses are supposed to get five weeks “vacation” a year. This is not only unenforceable, but for the other 47 weeks, they live a barren and sterile existence.

The NYC law for carriage horses allows the 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 AM.

By law, the horses may not work when the temperature reaches 90 degrees or 18 degrees. But this is not always enforced. And there is no consideration for wind chill or humidity which can greatly affect the perception of extreme heat or cold. The asphalt that horses stand on all day long becomes very hot in the summer and there is no shade on the hack line, causing horses to overheat even more.

There are no records for horses sold outside NYC and it is highly possible many go on to the slaughter auctions. Between 60 to 70 horses are unaccounted for each year.

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.

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State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, Chair of the Senate Cities Committee
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I am writing in support of S.5013/A.7748, which would prohibit the operation of horse-drawn carriages in New York City.



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These poor horses lead lives of unending misery, shackled to heavy carriages and made to work in all weather extremes. They never get to walk on soft grass and romp with other horses as nature intended. One has only to look into their eyes briefly to see that they are totally dejected and forlorn.

In addition, horse-drawn carriages pose a safety hazard in the congested traffic of midtown Manhattan. Over the years there have been many accidents caused by the cumbersome and slow-moving carriages.

Far from being an attraction and asset to New York City, these sad and pathetic horses are a blight on the face of NYC. Removing the carriage horses and ending their blatant suffering will be a huge step forward for the city and its residents.

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MessageSujet: Re: CARRIAGES HORSES   Ven 6 Juil - 7:39

October 24, 2011

Lea Michele Asks Bloomberg to Save Horses

UPDATE: When Lea Michele found out about the death of yet another horse used for carriage rides in New York City, she immediately sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him to support the bill that would replace the cruel carriages with eco-friendly retro cars and allow the remaining horses to go to sanctuaries.

Yet another horse used to pull carriages in New York City has dropped dead in the street, adding one more body to a count that continues to grow. Glee's Lea Michele recently hosted a PETA video detailing the miserable lives of these horses, who are forced to haul heavy loads in all weather extremes in one of the busiest cities in the world. Wherever you live, if you see a horse (or any animal) in distress, contact local humane authorities immediately. If you live in New York and see a horse in trouble, contact the ASPCA at 212-876-7700, extension 4450, and PETA at CIDInfo@peta.org right away. Never take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and please let New York officials know that you support Intro. Bill 86, which would replace horse-drawn carriages with eco-friendly classic cars.

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october 23 , 2011

The following is a partial listing of incidents
involving horses used in carriage operations.
Contact PETA for documentation.
July 28, 2011/New York,
New York: Three tourists and a
carriage driver were hurt when
a taxi rear-ended a horse-drawn
carriage near Central Park. One
passenger was thrown to the
sidewalk, and the driver was in
critical condition with a head
injury. The horse was knocked
to the ground, and the carriage
fell on top of him.
July 3, 2011/Toronto, Ontario: While pulling a
carriage, a pair of horses became spooked, bolted,
and ran over the carriage’s owner before the
carriage flipped over. The rig’s owner suffered
broken ribs and was taken to the hospital, and two
passengers were also taken to the hospital. One of
the horses was injured.
March 20, 2011/Natchez, Mississippi: A horsedrawn
carriage driver and several passengers
sustained injuries when a car rear-ended the
carriage, operated by Southern Carriage Tours.
The driver was ejected and fell to the street,
injuring his leg. The startled horse panicked and
took off running. Some of the passengers suffered
cuts from being thrown around in the carriage.
February 12, 2011/Ottawa, Ontario: Four people,
including a 3-year-old girl, were injured after they
were hit by a horse running through a park. The
horse had been giving rides at a winter carnival.
The operator later found the horse lying on a
sidewalk. The toddler and another bystander were
taken to the hospital, and two others were treated
at the scene.
November 3, 2010/New York, New York: A horse
was hit by a city bus in midtown Manhattan during
rush hour. Witnesses say the horse looked
traumatized, but after exchanging words with the
bus driver, the carriage continued on its way.
October 3, 2010/Palm Springs, California: A
horse was injured after a car smashed into the
carriage she was pulling.
May 11, 2010/New York, New York: Witnesses
reported seeing a collision between a cab and a
carriage.
May 1, 2010/New York, New York: Witnesses
reported that a horse pulling a carriage became
spooked and crashed near Central Park South
after running against traffic and sideswiping several
cars. The horse reportedly appeared to be injured,
and several emergency vehicles responded to
the scene.
July 31, 2010/Eureka, California: The driver and
owner of Old Town Carriage Company was
hospitalized with serous injures after the horse
who was pulling the carriage became spooked—
possibly by a passing skateboarder—and took
off running. The carriage crashed into a parked
car and a wooden post, tossing the driver to the
ground. One passenger complained of leg pain,
and the horse, Cinnamon, also suffered injuries.
July 4, 2010/Bellevue, Iowa: A woman was killed
and multiple children were trampled and injured
when two horses who were pulling a carriage in
the Heritage Days parade became spooked and
took off, dragging the carriage through crowds of
people at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour. The
woman was ejected from the vehicle.
factsheet
Incidents Involving
Horse-Drawn Carriages
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals • 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 • PETA.org
In a 2011 poll conducted
by the television show
Extra, 90 percent of
responders agreed
carriage rides should
be banned.
May 31, 2010/Thunder
Bay, Ontario: A 4-yearold
girl was killed after
a horse became
startled and bolted
while being petted by
the child and other
kindergartners, who
were on a field trip. The
wheel of the carriage
went over the toddler’s
body. Several other
children were also
injured.
April 19, 2010/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Five
people were injured—including one man whose
ear was partially ripped off—and five horses were
injured when a car crashed into a horse-drawn
carriage, triggering a chain-reaction crash
involving two other carriages.
April 16, 2010/Atlanta, Georgia: Four riders were
seriously injured—one critically—when the
carriage in which they were riding was totaled
after a car ran into it.
April 10, 2010/New Bern, North Carolina: At
least three people were transported to the hospital
after a car rear-ended a horse-drawn carriage that
was being operated by Carolina Carriage Tours.
The collision pushed the carriage into the horse,
causing the horse to bolt. The horse was also
injured.
February 13, 2010/Fort Worth, Texas: The driver
of a horse-drawn carriage suffered a fractured eye
socket, three broken bones in his back, a bruised
lung, and a shoulder injury after his carriage was
hit by a car in a hit-and-run collision.
January 23, 2010/Mesa, Arizona: A man was
seriously injured and two horses were hurt after a
barking dog startled four horses while they were
pulling a carriage. The front two horses took off
running, and the back two horses stumbled and
were dragged along with the carriage
approximately 75 feet down the street. The driver
suffered serious road-rash injuries, some down to
the bone. The back two horses also suffered road
rash. A motorcycle driver was also injured when
he had to lay down his motorcycle in an attempt
to get out of the way of the out-of-control rig.
December 27, 2009/Canandaigua, New York:
A horse was euthanized and four people were
injured after a car hit a carriage from behind and
all four passengers were ejected. Two were
airlifted to a local hospital. The carriage was
demolished.
December 27, 2009/Sacramento, California:
A car struck a horse-drawn carriage from behind,
upending the carriage and snapping it in half. The
two riders were treated at a hospital after they and
the driver were ejected from the carriage. The
horse sustained leg injuries.
December 25, 2009/Covington, Ohio: A car
crashed into a horse-drawn carriage, injuring the
carriage driver and destroying the carriage.
According to police, the carriage driver suffered a
“fairly severe head injury” and was taken to the
hospital. A passenger suffered minor injuries. This
was the second carriage accident in Covington in
one week.
December 23, 2009/Covington, Ohio: A horse
who was pulling a carriage was startled and took
off, flipping the carriage and ejecting the driver.
The horse broke free and ran through the
neighborhood before being recaptured.
December 15, 2009/Stanley, Virginia: Fourteen
people on a holiday ride in a horse-drawn carriage
were hurt when a car slammed into the carriage,
ejecting the driver and causing the horses to run
for 100 yards before hitting an electric pole. All
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals • 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 • PETA.org
Incidents Involving Horse-Drawn Carriages
Collisions between
carriages and
automobiles have
occurred in nearly
every location where
horse-drawn carriages
are allowed.
14 people were taken to the hospital, including
one who had to be airlifted.
December 6, 2009/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
A horse who was pulling carriages for holiday
rides was startled by a bus and took off down the
street, hitting a parked car and injuring the driver,
who was standing nearby.
November 20, 2009/Beachwood, Ohio: A horse
who was pulling a carriage was spooked by a
high-school band and ran through a barricade and
over a curb, colliding with two cars before
breaking away from the carriage and taking off at
a full gallop. The driver was injured after being
pulled to the ground while trying to regain control.
October 8, 2009/Charleston, South Carolina:
A horse pulling a carriage for Carolina Polo and
Carriage Co. fell after his leg became caught up in
the carriage. The horse suffered abrasions but was
put back to work the next day.
September 23, 2009/Chicago, Illinois: Two
drivers who had worked for J.C. Cutters Horse
Drawn Carriages were convicted of mistreating
horses. Six horses were seized earlier in the year
after animal-control officers repeatedly found
horses who were coated with dirt and whose
hooves were covered in manure as well as horses
who were living in stalls in which manure was
mixed with hay. The city had previously denied
J.C. Cutters’ application for a 2009 license to
conduct carriage rides.
September 19, 2009/New York, New York: A cab
plowed into a horse-drawn carriage near Central
Park. Both drivers were taken to the hospital.
August 29, 2009/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
A horse was injured after crashing and falling to
the ground. The carriage collided with a pole.
August 29, 2009/Québec, Canada: Three children
were ejected from a runaway carriage and suffered
minor injuries after a team of ponies panicked and
took off down the street during a community
parade. The cart hit a car, throwing the driver
under the rig and severing his leg below the knee.
August 29, 2009/Salt Lake City, Utah: A horse
who was pulling a carriage containing a family of
seven became startled and ran down the street
before being stopped. The driver exited the rig,
but the horse became frightened again and took
off, dragging the driver until he was forced to let
go while the horse continued running. A police
officer riding a bike attempted to intervene, but his
bike became tangled with the carriage and he fell
down while trying to stop the animal. The carriage
came to a stop two blocks later when it hit a
parked car. Both the driver and the police officer
suffered minor injuries, and the carriage and the
officer’s bike were both totaled.
August 7, 2009/Santa Barbara, California:
Several people were injured during the city’s Old
Spanish Days Fiesta parade when a horse pulling
a carriage became spooked, ran out of control for
nearly two blocks, and collided with another
carriage. Both horses collapsed, and one lost
consciousness and received aid from a
veterinarian before reviving.
August 6, 2009/Savannah, Georgia: A horse
pulling a carriage for the Historic Savannah
Carriage Tours Co. became spooked, ran into
traffic, and was hit by a car. A dog traveling in the
carriage was injured and was taken to a
veterinarian for treatment.
August 1, 2009/Portland, Oregon: A 23-year-old
horse pulling a carriage in a wedding procession
died after falling and breaking his leg.
July 14, 2009/St. Augustine, Florida: A 10-yearold
girl was ejected from a Ripley’s Sightseeing
Train that hydroplaned and hit a car during a
downpour. She and two other girls, aged 10 and
11, were taken to the hospital.
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July 4, 2009/San Antonio, Texas: A horse
became spooked by a bus’s air brakes and took
off running through the downtown streets. The
driver was thrown from the rig, and the horse
broke free of the carriage and ran away. Later that
day, the same horse lost balance after the
carriage hit a curb on the way back to the barn,
causing the rig to flip over. The driver was
ejected.
July 2009/Charleston, South Carolina:
Charleston officials issued the Carolina Polo and
Carriage Co. six citations for various issues,
including providing its horses the lowest quality
feed and hay, submitting altered medical records,
and using bleach to clean stalls (urine in the stalls
produces ammonia, which, when mixed with
bleach, can create toxic gas). The city issued five
more citations after the company failed to meet
deadlines to bring the operation up to code.
July 2009/St. Augustine, Florida: A case was
settled for an undisclosed amount for a 2002
accident in which a Buffalo, New York, woman
suffered serious neck and wrist injuries when a
carriage that was changing lanes was struck in
the side by a drunk driver. The carriage seat in
which the woman and her husband were sitting
broke loose and flipped backward.
June 8, 2009/San Francisco, California: A horse
pulling a carriage became spooked, threw the
driver out of the rig, and ran over him before
taking off down the street near Fisherman’s
Wharf. After being stopped by a passerby, the
horse broke free and ran down the Embarcadero,
knocking at least two bicyclists to the ground
before being stopped. The driver died after
spending two weeks in a coma.
June 3, 2009/Mackinaw Island, Michigan: The
driver of a carriage on Mackinaw Island was
injured after he was run over by his own rig after
his horse was spooked by a dog.
May 23, 2009/Morristown, New Jersey: A man
was taken to the hospital with broken ribs, severe
scrapes, and bruising when two horses pulling a
carriage in a parade became spooked and took
off running. The man was thrown against the curb,
was kicked, and became pinned under the
carriage when it tipped over on top of him. A 9-
year-old passenger was thrown to the street, and
his 8-year-old friend clung to the side of the rig as
the horses dragged it down the street. One horse
suffered injuries, and the driver was also slightly
injured. After the carriage was righted, the horses
took off again, pulling the empty carriage.
May 6, 2009/Mineral Wells, Texas: A horse
pulling a wagon in a rodeo parade bolted, injuring
the driver and damaging a house and at least two
parked cars. Bystanders were forced to run into a
yard for safety, and a woman positioned her car
between a mother with her baby and the horse,
who was bolting toward them.
April 24, 2009/Pratt, Kansas: A man died and
his wife was injured after a wheel came off the
carriage in which they were riding and spooked
the horses. The carriage went off the road, into a
ditch, and up an incline before overturning. The
man suffered a chest injury that punctured his
lung, and he died during surgery. His wife suffered
a sprained ankle. The couple was conducting a
“test run” in preparation for an upcoming wedding.
April 12, 2009/Logan, Utah: The driver of a
horse-drawn carriage was hospitalized after the
carriage went off the road and tipped over.
April 3, 2009/Nebraska City, Nebraska:
A horse pulling a carriage ran out of
control and hit a curb, damaging a vehicle.
March 26, 2009/Charleston, South Carolina:
A horse pulling a carriage with Classic Carriage
Tours Co. was startled by the sound of
construction machinery and ran down the street
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“at a high rate of speed.” The driver had to veer
the horse and carriage to the side of the road in
order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The carriage
overturned, bending a stop sign completely over
onto the sidewalk.
March 23, 2009/Salem, New York: A horse pulling
a carriage that held eight to 10 passengers became
frightened and ran down a steep embankment. A
9-year-old boy was injured when the carriage
overturned, and he was airlifted to the hospital. The
other passengers sustained minor injuries.
February 14, 2009/Waseca, Minnesota: Two
horses pulling a carriage during Waseca’s Sleigh
and Cutter Days Parade broke free and took off
down the parade route. Witnesses reported that
the driver was thrown into the street and was
believed to have been taken to a nearby hospital.
One woman suffered a foot injury, and a parked
city truck was damaged.
January 17, 2009/Eureka Springs, Arkansas:
A horse died of a heart attack while pulling a
carriage for Southern Pride Carriage Tours.
January 2009/Charleston, South Carolina:
A carriage with the Palmetto Carriage Co. hit the
rear bumper of a police car. The carriage driver
told police that the horse was “spooked” by a
puddle of water.
December 18, 2008/Fountain Inn, South
Carolina: A car struck a horse-drawn carriage.
The driver reported that he didn’t see the carriage
in time to stop.
December 15, 2008/St. Augustine, Florida:
A speeding car hit a horse-drawn carriage
belonging to Avalon Carriage Services, causing
the carriage to crash into another carriage. The
accident spooked several horses. One horse
bolted, causing a carriage to collide with a light
pole. The accident caused several thousand
dollars in damages.
December 6, 2008/Fountain Inn, South
Carolina: One person was thrown to the ground
and taken to the hospital after a car ran into the
back of a horse-drawn carriage owned by Classic
Carriage Co. Two other passengers later reported
back injuries.
November 28, 2008/Little Rock, Arkansas: Six
people, including two children, were injured when
a bus struck a horse-drawn carriage owned by
Little Rock Horse and Carriage Co. The carriage
driver suffered a broken neck and had to have a
steel plate, an artificial bone, and four screws
inserted into her neck. Her right arm is partially
paralyzed. A 7-year-old girl was blinded in her
right eye. Doctors were unsure whether the
damage to the girl’s eye was permanent.
November 28, 2008/Rhinelander, Wisconsin:
Horses pulling a Santa Claus in a carriage at a
holiday event were startled by the lighting of a
Christmas tree. Still harnassed to the carriage, the
horses bolted, ran over a man, collided with two
light poles, and briefly ran loose in the city. The
man was transported to a hospital. At least one
parked vehicle was damaged.
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Many horses suffer from
leg and foot injuries
because of ill-fitting
shoes and tack and from
walking on hard asphalt
surfaces all day long.
October 18, 2008/Charleston, South Carolina: A
horse with Classic Carriage Co. was startled when
the rubber around one wheel of the carriage came
off. The horse dashed between two parked cars,
causing damage to the front bumper of one of the
vehicles and overturning the carriage. The driver,
who was thrown to the ground, suffered head
injuries and was taken to the hospital.
October 4, 2008/Portsmouth, Rhode Island:
Horses pulling a carriage at a sporting club
became spooked and galloped into a wooded
area where the carriage struck a wall and tipped
over. Three passengers were injured.
August 31, 2008/Brooklyn, New York: Two
horses waiting to pull a wedding carriage
panicked when the pole that connected them to
the carriage snapped. One of the carriage drivers
was thrown from the buggy and landed on the
windshield of an occupied Lincoln Town Car. The
reins broke as the other carriage driver tried to
steer the running horses, who eventually stopped
when they encountered a light pole in their path. A
man who was found under the carriage was taken
to a nearby hospital, and one of the horses was
treated for injuries.
July 24, 2008/St. Augustine, Florida: Three
passengers in a horse-drawn carriage were
treated for minor injuries at a local hospital after
the horse made a sharp U-turn, flipping the buggy.
The driver also suffered minor injuries, and the
horse sustained scrapes and scratches.
July 8, 2008/Memphis, Tennessee: A pickup
truck plowed into a horse-drawn carriage that was
waiting for passengers, flipping the carriage over
and tearing it in half. The carriage driver was taken
to the hospital. The horse was knocked to the
ground and suffered scratches on his legs.
April 12, 2008/Cincinnati, Ohio: A horse pulling a
carriage tossed the driver and galloped along a
sidewalk. Some of the four adult passengers
jumped out of the carriage, and some fell out. The
horse then dragged the overturned carriage at
least another half-block before police stopped the
animal. One passenger sustained a head injury,
the driver suffered a back injury, and minor
damage was done to a building.
March 9, 2008/Waynesboro, Tennessee: A man
died after the horse-drawn carriage in which he
was riding was struck from behind by a car,
throwing him from the carriage. The victim’s
daughter, the horse, and the carriage were
knocked approximately 25 feet off the road. The
impact also killed the horse.
March 2008/Charleston, South Carolina:
According to news reports, someone struck the
wheel of a horse-drawn carriage, spooking the
horse and sending the carriage racing down the
street. The carriage sustained approximately
$2,500 in damage.
January 19, 2008/Charleston, South Carolina: A
horse with the Old South Carriage Co. became
spooked and ran off, knocking an employee to the
ground and dragging the carriage around a corner,
where it broke a restaurant window.
January 9, 2008/Charleston, South Carolina:
Six tourists in a carriage owned by Old South
Carriage Co. were injured after a loose bridle
slipped over the ears of the horse who was
pulling their carriage and the horse became
startled. The horse ran and dragged the carriage
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“[Horse-drawn carriage rides] would
really become a safety hazard, even in
the off-season.”
—Mel Leonard, director of planning and building,
Panama City Beach, Florida
until it hit a curb, shattering a wheel. Three of the
passengers were thrown from the carriage as it
fell on its side.
December 29, 2007/Farmington, Pennsylvania:
Five people, including two children, were injured
when they were thrown to the ground after the
horse-drawn carriage in which they were riding
overturned. An adult woman and a young boy
were pinned under the carriage. All five were
taken to hospitals for treatment.
December 16, 2007/Kansas City, Missouri: Two
horse-drawn carriages collided at an intersection,
causing injuries to several people.
December 13, 2007/Thomasville, Georgia: A
horse who had pulled carriages for years at the
city’s annual Victorian Christmas event became
spooked and bolted while pulling a carriage with
six passengers, then ran into a tree and a guy
wire. The driver was pulled across the carriage’s
dashboard when the horse’s harness came loose
and broke. Passengers with minor injuries and a
woman who suffered a panic attack were treated
at the scene. The horse sustained a broken neck
and other serious injuries and died as a result of
the accident.
December 8, 2007/St. Augustine, Florida:
A car ran into the back of a horse-drawn carriage
belonging to the St. Augustine Transfer Co.,
pushing the carriage into two parked cars. The
crash spooked the horse, who took off running.
The horse continued to run when the carriage
front broke, freeing him from the carriage. The
drivers were thrown from the carriage and were
badly bruised.
September 14, 2007/New York, New York:
A horse who was spooked by a street performer’s
drum ran nearly a block along the sidewalk
before slamming into a tree and suffering fatal
injuries. The horse’s panicking caused a second
horse—who was still attached to a carriage—to
dart into traffic and collide with a car.
August 17, 2007/Cincinnati, Ohio: A taxi hit the
back of a carriage, knocking the carriage driver
and two passengers out of the buggy. The
horse—with the carriage in tow—bolted and ran
into a moving vehicle. The horse sustained a
gash on one leg, and the driver was taken to the
hospital with a leg injury.
August 3, 2007/Mackinac Island, Michigan: A
horse-drawn carriage operated by Gough Livery
crashed through a fence, fell approximately 6 feet
down an embankment, and hit a tree after one of
the horses pulling it became spooked, which
caused both horses to run. The impact threw the
driver and two passengers from the carriage, and
all three were taken by ambulance to the island’s
medical center for treatment. One of the
passengers blacked out and needed 30 staples
to close an injury to his scalp; the other
passenger suffered a bruised kneecap and
broken bones in her feet. The driver broke her
femur, and one of the horses received stitches.
July 29, 2007/Roanoke, Virginia: Three people,
including a 4-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl,
were hospitalized after being thrown from a
runaway horse-drawn carriage. The carriage’s
two horses bolted, and the driver lost control. The
carriage ran over the 15-year-old’s leg.
July 4, 2007/New York, New York: A frightened
horse who was pulling a carriage bolted and
collided with a taxi on Central Park South. A
motorcyclist abandoned his bike in order to avoid
the horse. The cab driver was treated for injuries
at the hospital, the horse suffered several gashes
on one leg, and the cab sustained significant
front-end damage.
June 17, 2007/Council Grove, Kansas: A car
crashed into the back of a horse-drawn carriage,
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and a second car crashed into the back of the first
car. Two people were taken to the hospital for
injuries. The horse was euthanized because of
severe injuries.
June 9, 2007/St. Augustine, Florida: Five
passengers jumped out of a carriage when a horse
bolted and ran for several blocks. Two people
were injured, including one who was taken to the
hospital and treated for injuries.
June 2, 2007/New York, New York: A spooked
horse who was pulling a carriage was hit by an
SUV at an intersection after the horse galloped
away from the driver. When the horse fell, the
carriage broke loose, was propelled into the air,
and landed on the curb, barely missing
pedestrians.
April 30, 2007/Blacksburg, Virginia: Two horses
were spooked when the carriage they were pulling
sideswiped a curb. They bolted and ran at least a
half-mile. A 73-year-old man and his daughter
were thrown out of the carriage. The man was
airlifted to the hospital.
April 13, 2007/New York, New York: A horse who
was pulling a carriage was hit by a taxi at Grand
Army Plaza.
April 9, 2007/Indianapolis, Indiana: A collision
with a van threw a carriage driver to the ground
and sent a driverless carriage racing through
downtown Indianapolis with two passengers
trapped inside. The driver was knocked
unconscious and both passengers were taken to
the hospital and examined. A bystander who
jumped into the carriage from a moving taxi was
credited with saving the passengers’ lives.
September 14, 2006/New York, New York: After
collapsing in Central Park, a horse named Juliet
who had pulled carriages in New York City for
almost two decades was whipped repeatedly by a
carriage driver who was trying to get her to stand
up. A horrified crowd gathered and begged the
carriage driver to stop beating her. Juliet was
eventually hauled away in a police trailer to her
stable, where she died early the next morning.
May 20, 2006/Chattanooga, Tennessee: A horse
pulling a carriage was spooked by buses and
collided with a car that was stopped at a traffic
light. The horse reared up, stomping on the roof
of the car, shattering the back window, and
crushing the trunk and hood. The horse suffered
leg injuries.
May 5, 2006/New York, New York: A horse
pulling a carriage through Manhattan became
spooked and ran amok, narrowly missing several
vehicles before colliding with and overturning a
moving car. The driver of the car was hospitalized,
and witnesses claimed that the horse sustained an
open neck wound.
April 28, 2006/New York, New York: A young
horse who was being trained to pull carriages
suddenly became spooked and bolted, colliding
with a 71-year-old bicyclist in Central Park. The
bicyclist was hospitalized. The carriage driver
jumped out of the vehicle during the incident and
injured his knee.
January 2, 2006/New York, New York: A horse
who was pulling a carriage in Manhattan suddenly
bolted and collided with an automobile. The horse
was pinned under the car and was later
euthanized because of severe injuries. The
carriage driver was hospitalized in critical
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“[I]n a split second, you can have a
horse go from being half asleep to being
1,200 pounds crashing through traffic.”
—Dr. Holly Cheever, veterinarian and equine expert
condition with a fractured skull, and two men in
the car were also seriously injured.
September 30, 2005/Boston, Massachusetts: A
horse who was being used to pull carriages in
downtown Boston collapsed in the street, where
the animal, according to reports, “clapped the
pavement with [his or her] hooves trying
desperately to stand up.” More than two hours
passed before a veterinarian arrived.
June 22, 2005/Chicago, Illinois: A spooked horse
reared up, overturned the carriage he was pulling,
and threw the driver into the street. The horse
galloped down the street, hitting at least one car
before he was stopped. One witness said, “He was
really scared, scared to death, you could see it.”
The driver went to the hospital with a broken leg.
May 14, 2005/New York, New York: Two horses
broke free from their carriage after a hit-and-run
collision with a van. The driver was thrown from
the rig and landed on his head.
September 5, 2004/Brewster, Massachusetts:
Two people were hospitalized with life-threatening
injuries after several passengers were thrown from a
horse-drawn carriage at a state park on Cape Cod.
Two other riders sustained less serious injuries.
September 5, 2004/Hamilton, Virginia: A horse
who was pulling a carriage was impaled and killed
by a piece of the buggy after it was hit by a car.
Two other horses suffered scrapes, and a fourth
horse sustained leg injuries.
August 28, 2004/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A
horse who was pulling a carriage was severely
injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.
December 22, 2003/Kansas City, Missouri: The
driver of a horse-drawn carriage that carried six
passengers was hospitalized with a broken leg
after his carriage was involved in an accident.
November 30, 2003/Louisville, Kentucky: The
driver of a horse-drawn carriage was injured after
a car “clipped” the back of the rig. The accident
was at least the third involving horse-drawn
carriages in two years. Two horses were killed in
2002 after vehicle accidents.
October 27, 2003: An article in Fortune magazine
detailed the financial costs of animal-related traffic
accidents (including horse-drawn carriage
accidents). The article said that the accidents
cause $1.2 billion in damage annually, according
to the Insurance Information Institute.
October 25, 2003/New York, New York: Four
people got the “scare of their lives” when a horse
who was pulling a carriage suddenly bolted down
the street and barreled into another carriage,
causing both rigs to flip over. Four people were
treated for injuries.
October 5, 2003/Las Vegas, Nevada: An article in
the Las Vegas Review-Journal about
transportation issues in the city recounted an
accident in which a team of horses who were
pulling a carriage bolted and threw two
passengers, leaving one in a coma. The county
subsequently banned horse-drawn carriages.
September 5, 2003/Beaufort, Pennsylvania:
A woman was injured while attempting to
board a horse-drawn carriage. The horse became
spooked and started running, dragging the woman
more than 100 feet through a parking lot.
August 8, 2003/Apple Valley, California: The
driver of a horse-drawn hearse lost control of the
horse during a practice run and jumped from the
rapidly moving carriage. The horse and carriage
ran into a wall and some cacti. The driver broke
both of his arms and one of his legs. The horse
received stitches to the face and had to have
cactus spines removed.
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July 14, 2003/Covington, Ohio: Horses who
were pulling a carriage became spooked and
caused the carriage to topple over onto the
carriage driver. After the carriage was righted, the
driver continued on, only to be fatally injured
when the horses toppled the carriage again just a
few blocks later.
April 28, 2003/Honolulu, Hawaii: A horse-drawn
carriage that was carrying tourists flipped over,
slightly injuring three of its nine passengers. The
horses became spooked and toppled the wagon,
spilling the passengers and driver onto the road.
October 30, 2002/Pennsylvania: An article in
The Patriot-News reported that there were 371
horse-and-buggy crashes in Pennsylvania from
1996 through 2000, which resulted in 18 deaths
and 442 injuries.
October 11, 2002/Belding, Indiana: The parents
of a 4-year-old boy who was killed while riding in
a horse-drawn carriage filed a wrongful death
lawsuit against the carriage service and the city
of Belding. The boy, his siblings, and his mother
were riding in a Christmas carriage event when a
horse became spooked, reared up, and bolted.
The boy was run over after he was thrown from
the carriage. The parents filed a lawsuit, seeking
more than $1 million.
July 8, 2002/Madison, Wisconsin: After the
occupants of a passing car threw firecrackers at
a horse who was pulling a carriage, the animal
broke free and raced through 10 blocks of traffic
before stopping. At one point, a passerby jumped
into the carriage but was thrown when the horse
swerved and the carriage struck a curb.
January 22, 2002/New York, New York: A horse
who was pulling a carriage through traffic
became frightened and bolted. The carriage
became wedged between two cars, damaging
both of them as well as other vehicles. The horse
had to be tranquilized, and it took the efforts of
several people to free the animal and the
carriage.
2002/Louisville, Kentucky: A 17-year-old horse
named Pam and a 7-year-old horse named Della
were killed in separate vehicle-related accidents.
December 8, 2001/Belding, Indiana: A 4-yearold
boy fell out of a horse-drawn carriage when
the animal who was pulling the carriage bolted.
The boy was run over by the carriage and died
soon after at an area hospital. Another passenger
sustained minor injuries. City officials said that
the horse had been spooked by a passing car.
The carriage company suspended operations
after the incident.
November 26, 2001/New York, New York: A taxi
collided with a horse-drawn carriage in Central
Park, startling the horse and injuring the carriage
driver.
July 27, 2001/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A
spooked horse ran amok in downtown traffic.
The carriage collided with two cars before it
tipped over and struck a third vehicle. The
carriage driver, one of the car’s occupants, and
the horse were injured.
July 13, 2001/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A
horse broke free from a carriage in downtown
traffic. The carriage then ran into three cars
before falling over. Two tourists, who jumped out
of the carriage just before it toppled, were taken
to a nearby hospital for treatment. This accident
and the one on July 27 in which a carriage in
Philadelphia collided with two cars prompted a
member of the mayor’s Animal Advisory
Committee to voice concerns about horse-drawn
carriage operations. He stated, in part, “Horses
and traffic like this don’t mix.”
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December 1, 2000/Old Bridge, New Jersey:
Several members of a wedding party were injured
when a horse stumbled and the carriage that they
were riding in crashed onto its side. The horse
trampled the carriage driver, who was critically
injured. A 6-year-old boy was taken to a nearby
hospital for evaluation, and others suffered cuts
and bruises.
November 2000/New York, New York: A horse
who was pulling a carriage broke free, bolted, and
collided with a car while galloping down the street.
The horse tripped and fell to the ground, injuring
a leg.
September 18, 2000/Chicago, Illinois: A horse
who had bolted from a wedding in Lincoln Park
after being stung by a bee broke free from the
carriage after it became wedged between two
cars. The horse and a pedestrian were injured.
August 27, 2000/New York, New York: A horsedrawn
carriage that was turning a corner in
Central Park tilted past its balance point and
suddenly slammed onto its side. Four tourists
were strapped to backboards and were taken by
ambulance to a nearby hospital.
April 26, 2000/New York, New York: A horse in a
carriage-ride stable escaped and ran down the
street, creating havoc as drivers slammed on their
brakes to avoid hitting the animal. A traffic control
officer avoided serious injury by jumping back
when the horse came within 3 feet of her. The
horse narrowly missed being hit by a bus.
March 30, 2000/Pullman, Washington: Three
students were injured (one seriously enough to
require hospitalization) and a horse was badly
injured when the animal bolted down city streets
for “no obvious reason.”
December 24, 1999/Charleston, South Carolina:
A horse collapsed and lay moaning in the street
for several hours before a veterinarian arrived to
euthanize the animal.
December 24, 1999/Dover, Delaware: One
person was partially paralyzed and two others
were injured after a truck ran into the carriage in
which they were riding.
December 13, 1999/Sarnia, Ontario: During pre-
Christmas festivities, a woman was dragged to
death when the horses she was unhitching after a
wagon ride bolted. The woman became entangled
in a harness and was killed when she was thrown
into a hydro pole. The woman had spent the day
offering rides at a city park. Just three weeks
earlier, another pair of horses had run amok in
Sarnia, denting cars.
December 7, 1999/Eastham, Massachusetts:
Twenty Christmas festival participants were
injured when a pickup truck rammed into the
horse-drawn wagon that they were riding in,
tipping it over. Some of the riders, including
several small children, became trapped beneath
the wagon.
November 27, 1999/Holland, Pennsylvania: A
man was injured when his horse-drawn buggy
collided with a car. Both vehicles sustained
damage.
November 24, 1999/New Orleans, Louisiana:
Three horses escaped their barn and ran through
the streets of New Orleans before one struck a
bus and broke its windshield.
August 10, 1999/Helen, Georgia: The driver of a
carriage was dragged along the ground and
sustained injuries after a spooked horse ran away
from the carriage while giving rides in downtown
Helen, Georgia. Police officials were not certain
what had spooked the horse.
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August 5, 1999/New York, New York: A runaway
horse who was pulling a carriage jumped onto the
sidewalk, injuring two elderly pedestrians and
hitting a car.
July 4, 1999/Salt Lake City, Utah: A horse who
was pulling a carriage at Heritage Park ran amok;
nine people were hospitalized following the
incident.
June 28, 1999/New York, New York: A hit-andrun
driver crashed into a horse-drawn carriage,
breaking the driver’s jaw and sending the horse
galloping down the street. The horse was later hit
by an oncoming car.
May 30, 1999/Baltimore, Maryland: A horse who
was pulling a carriage was killed by an oncoming
car after the driver ran a red light. Another horse
pulling a carriage was spooked by the incident
and ran for eight blocks, injuring a passenger.
April 7, 1999/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Two
horses who were pulling carriages collided,
throwing three passengers 10 feet into the air and
out into the street.
April 4, 1999/Orlando, Florida: A speeding car hit
a carriage that was being pulled by a horse,
prompting the terrified animal to run through the
streets, injuring four bystanders.
February 19, 1999/Cincinnati, Ohio: Four people,
including three children, were injured when a truck
collided with the carriage in which they were riding.
January 8, 1999/New York, New York: A
horse was fatally electrocuted while pulling
a carriage.
1999/Apple Valley, California: A horse pulling an
old-fashioned hearse became spooked and ran
through a parade, injuring two people and
damaging four vehicles.
1999/New York, New York: A horse ran out of
control and jumped up on the sidewalk, injuring
two elderly pedestrians.
December 14, 1998/Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
A horse who was pulling a carriage was hit by a
car and suffered serious injuries. Police killed the
horse with four shotgun blasts. The carriage driver
suffered neck and back injuries. The driver of the
car was also treated for injuries.
October 13, 1998/Sheridan, Indiana: One man
was injured when a train whistle spooked his
horses. The horses ran at full speed through three
four-way-stop intersections before finally
slamming into a tree.
July 20, 1998/Duluth, Minnesota: Two carriages
carrying passengers and drivers overturned.
July 10, 1998/Markesan, Wisconsin: Four people
were injured after a horse became spooked.
April 29, 1998/New York, New York: A horse
broke the halter, ran into a busy street, and was
killed by an oncoming car. The driver of the car
was treated for back injuries.
January 17, 1998/New York, New York: A
spooked horse ran wild, overturning the carriage
that he was pulling.
1998/New York, New York: A horse ran amok in
Times Square. Two passengers jumped to safety
just seconds before the carriage that the animal
was pulling slammed into a light pole.
November 24, 1997/New York, New York: A
runaway horse in Central Park struck and injured a
pedestrian. The carriage also damaged a car.
November 18, 1997/Dallas, Texas: Passing
motorcycles spooked a horse, causing the animal
to crash into a vehicle. The driver was thrown from
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the carriage, and the horse suffered a cut that
required stitches.
September 12, 1997/Mechanicsville, Maryland:
A woman and her three children were injured when
a van collided with their horse-drawn carriage. The
spooked horse broke free and ran a quarter-mile
before being killed by a car. The family was airlifted
to a local hospital for treatment.
September 4, 1997/New York, New York: An
elderly woman was seriously injured and eight
other people were hurt when two carriages
overturned after the horses who were pulling them
were spooked by a passing car.
August 12, 1997/Boston, Massachusetts: A
horse who was pulling a carriage had to be
euthanized after the carriage was hit by a truck.
The horse’s body was punctured by shattered
wooden shafts. The driver was hospitalized with a
fractured ankle and other injuries. The driver of the
truck left the scene without stopping.
July 2, 1997/Kingsport, Tennessee: A newlywed
husband and wife were injured when a car rearended
the horse-drawn carriage in which the two
were riding. Both riders were hospitalized, and
one suffered serious injuries.
May 1, 1997/New York, New York: A horse who
was pulling a carriage tripped and died while
struggling to get up.
December 20, 1996/Kansas City, Missouri: A
pregnant horse collapsed in the middle of a street
while pulling a carriage and later died. The horse
was believed to have been going into labor.
November 11, 1996/Cocoa Beach, Florida:
Newlyweds who were riding in a horse-drawn
carriage were injured when the carriage was rearended
by a car. The couple and the driver of the
carriage all required treatment at a local hospital.
The horse suffered a broken leg and was
euthanized.
October 1996/Dallas, Texas: A horse who was
pulling a carriage ran into a crowd. Eleven people
were injured.
June 4, 1996/Branson, Missouri: A 10-year-old
boy was killed when a horse-drawn carriage
overturned, throwing 11 passengers to the ground.
1996/Denver, Colorado: Two horses who were
pulling a carriage became spooked and took off
down the street for six blocks before crashing into
a light pole. The passengers leaped off the
carriage before it crashed. One horse suffered a
broken eye socket, and the carriage was
destroyed.
May 7, 1995/New York, New York: Twelve
children and four adults were injured when a horse
who was powering a ride at a carnival “went
berserk,” throwing passengers off the ride and
running over them.
October 31, 1994/Frederick, Maryland: Seven
people were injured when the horse who was
pulling the carriage in which they were riding
bolted down the street. The carriage sideswiped
five cars before it overturned and the passengers
fell out.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals • 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 • PETA.org
Incidents Involving Horse-Drawn Carriages
“There is no way that cities with their
exhaust fumes, hard road surfaces, and
busy traffic patterns can provide a
humane (as opposed to merely
survivable) environment for a carriage
horse.”
—Dr. Holly Cheever, veterinarian and equine
expert
October 1994/Dallas, Texas: A driver was killed
when a car slammed into her carriage.
August 22, 1994/Branford, Connecticut: Thirteen
people were injured when two horses who were
pulling a carriage became spooked and took off
down the street, crashing into a parked car.
April 29, 1994/New York, New York: Following an
error in a horse’s diet, the animal experienced
severe cramps and had to be euthanized after
collapsing in Central Park.
December 19, 1993/Plantation, Florida: Two
horses who were pulling a wagon ran out of
control, injuring all 12 people on board. One of the
injured riders was run over by the wheels of the
wagon and was hospitalized in serious condition.
Both horses suffered serious cuts to their legs.
November 23, 1992/Salt Lake City, Utah: A
horse who was pulling a carriage was struck from
behind by a car and was thrown to the ground
along with four passengers. The panicked horse
bolted down the street and was hit by another car.
September 9, 1991/Cleveland, Ohio: A horse
who was pulling a carriage bolted and collided
with a car, falling on the car’s roof. The driver of
the car and the horse were both killed.
September 9, 1991/Houston, Texas: Two people
were hospitalized when the horse-drawn carriage
in which they were riding went out of control and
hit a police car. The horse suffered extensive
injuries. The driver of the carriage said at the
scene, “[H]e’s a hard horse to control,” because
he had already been hit by cars on three previous
occasions.
August 25, 1991/New York, New York: A horse
had to be euthanized after suffering crippling leg
cramps.
May 15, 1990/New York, New York: A horse who
was pulling a carriage was fatally injured in
Manhattan after becoming trapped between a bus
and a car.
December 4, 1989/Kansas City, Missouri: The
driver of a carriage was injured after the horses
bolted and collided with four parked vehicles and
a car that was stopped in traffic.
September 4, 1989/Baltimore, Maryland: A
driver of a horse-drawn carriage was killed when
the carriage was hit by a car.
August 1, 1989/Columbus, Ohio: A horse took
off down the street, pulling a driverless carriage
behind him. The owner of the carriage said,
“When a horse gets spooked, you have to let him
run until he stops.” The business had been
involved in at least three other accidents since it
began operating in 1981.
May 23, 1988/New York, New York: A horse who
was pulling a carriage fell into a hole in the street.
November 9, 1986/New York, New York:
Frightened by a passing car, a horse took off
down the street and crashed into a building.
December 9, 1985/New York, New York: Two
horses who were pulling a carriage became
spooked by a passing car and ran out of control.
Four people were injured and a car’s windshield
was smashed when one of the horses jumped
onto the hood. The horse was euthanized.
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Carriage horse collapses, dies in midtown; Animal rights activists up in arms

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/carriage-horse-collapses-dies-midtown-animal-rights-activists-arms-article-1.963938

A carriage horse collapsed dead on West 54th St. on Sunday.A carriage horse keeled over and died in midtown Sunday morning - and animal rights activists have saddled up for another fight against the buggy business. The stout white equine collapsed on W. 54th St. near Eighth Ave. as it trotted toward Central Park to begin its shift about 9:30 a.m., said Stacy Wolf, chief legal counsel of the ASPCA's enforcement unit. "The ASPCA has long believed that carriage horses were never meant to live and work in today's urban setting," Wolf said. A tarp was placed over the horse's body. "A healthy horse doesn't just die on the street," said Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. "We are asking for an investigation." The ASPCA said a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. "It's a tragedy," said a spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York. "It's not something that happens regularly. ... Our horses are taken care of."
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