The horses that work in NYC actually live a pretty good life. While yes, six months out of the year, they would have to work in really hard conditions, however, the other six months the horses are sent to a huge big farm in the country, either in PA or Upstate NY and they are turned out for the rest of the year. And in the city they are well taken care of. I had the opportunity to visit one of the stables, the guy who ran it was named Buster (my dad was old friends with him), he actually was in the movie Moonstruck right before the Opera House scene. The horses were kept upstairs in a warehouse almost, not far from Central Park, and they were kept in rows of standing stalls that were pretty big, and one horse had a box stall. These horses were also fed more than enough and they did not look like they were in any distress of discomfort.
I think that people believe that the heat and the extreme conditions of the working horses is why they proposed this ban, which is not true. Very recently, there have been many accidents in NYC involving cars running into the horse carriages and have ended up in the death of the horse. My guess is that the city council began hearing of this (or possibly Mayor Bloomberg's daughter, Georgiana, who is a Grand Prix Show Jumper) and thought more of the safety of the horses concerning cars.
I totally agree with them on the fact that the cars are dangerous for the horses, however, I would be more for the punishment of careless drivers (motor and horse-drawn) that end up being involved in those accidents. If the punishment were strict enough and possibly signs were posted along the routes where horse-drawn vehicles traveled, then the amount of the accidents would decrease and therefore the problem would be eliminated almost completely. But yes, because the drivers of cars (and I say cars because most of the cars are easier to stop and drive than a horse-drawn carriage) are careless and are threatening to kill horses, then I totally agree with a very strict punishment at the minimum, a ban would be a little too much.
Galloppal: You accuse me of ignoring reality, how can I ignore reality when I am probably one of the few people on here who have actually seen one of these stables. Seeing something in real life is not a fantasy. May I ask if you have ever been to one of these stables? May guess is not. So you cannot go accusing me of ignoring a reality that you have not seen yourself. And allow me to say this, Buster McGhee's horses were given some of the best care that any New York City horse could receive. They were given plenty of food and water, they were not working nine hours a day, they had plenty of room to lie down in their standing stalls, and yes, they did receive a six month break when they were sent to a big farm in PA were they were turned out nearly all the time, and finally, they were loved and admired by their drivers. This is clearly not a fantasy and is reality.
· 1 decade ago