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Ban Horse Carriages New York City | Central Park Horses

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horse carriage nyFor the past few years the horse carriages of Central Park have been the center of attention from all animal lovers, New Yorkers and tourists. The news even got to Europe after our Mayor Bill de Blasio offered to replace them with electrical cars right after his election.

The question if horse carriages should be banned from NYC was a difficult one for us to think and to take side. After reviewing many facts, videos and listening animal rights protest, our answer has finally became a YES to preserve horse carriage in NY City.

For years we have pass by the horse carriages located on 59th street and never seen signs of a horse being mistreated like we have sometime herd.

The real question is to us:

Can a city like NYC welcome horses and gives them the care and attention horses deserved?

Yes, It is true that after reading articles, watching videos and pictures of horse going through a wind shield or lay down on ground with a bleeding leg because of a traffic accident is heart breaking for any animal lover that wishes them a better future.

But the public should also compare videos of horses having the same spookiness reactions and accident just by taking a gallop during a carriage horse show and competition dragging the carriage and bumping in each other like they do with cars in the city.

If you watch a trotter race you will witness the same accidents and some can be more spectacular and harmful to horses, drivers or anybody standing around it and like the New York State Horse Council we came to the same conclusion that the care for animals is respected from their drivers or owners and as Marsha S. Himler (President, NYS Horse Council) said in her latest Press Release: “The NYC carriage horses are probably the most regulated horses in the country, if not the world.”.

After all the media attention we have all been drawing to that stable, we don’t see any room for mistake, cruelty or careless attention from the carriage and stable owners.

We also think that not having the horses in the city will indirectly hurt others NY stables. The horse industry is one the hidden treasure of NYS with stables all around the city and along the Hudson river depending on NYC occasional rider, tourist from the young ones or expert riders traveling from all over to spend a Week End in NY and that need to be remind they can practice or learn horse riding near NYC.

The horse industry needs that publicity of horse carriages in the city to support the local stables. Farmers around the city are depending on New Yorker and tourist to come for a trail ride and spend an afternoon at country side during the summer season and not having the carriage will simply make people forget there is a horse industry around and upstate NY along Hudson river or in nearby state like New Jersey.

We also hope for animal lovers, politicians and regulators to find a middle ground to preserve one of the most iconic symbols of NYC with is also part of the cultural heritage. Maybe a good idea to preserve the horses is to have them walking in a more restricted area with less cars or simply reopening a stable inside the Central Park keeping them inside the Park like it use to be.

And what if the horses disappear from the New York City? Where would they go? And who will be financing their care, home, feed or shoeing? And for how long?

Having dozens of horses retired is very expensive and unless wall street or the city is willing to sign a blank check every month to make sure they have a proper rehabilitation, hay and horse caretaker to watch over them on a daily basis, I don’t see yet a guaranteed for a better future for those horses.

But for sure if the city or state decision is too finally bane horses from New York City, it could also put those same horses away from media attention and could expose them in real danger of receiving less care and attention that a horse need everyday and they will be certainly be separated from their owners or care takers that may not have the expense to cover the cost of a none working horse in a pasture or nearby stable…

Maybe one of the financial solutions to insure a safe return to a greener environment for the horse carriage could be to put the new electrical cars at contribution and share revenues as a part of their “retirement fund”?

Supporting those retired horse and helping them to access a greener environment is vital and we all know is doesn’t happen overnight to relocate, rehab horses with proper feed and water every day.

We hope for the city to find a better solution than complete ban horse carriages in Central Park and support the horse industry that is a part of the ecotourism that makes NY one of the most visited state with an industry that is already struggling.

May 26, 2014 |

Horseback Riding – Hot Weather Tips For Your Horse

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horse careWhen approaching temperature of 80F and above and you can’t even walk outside without feeling like you’ve been drained of every ounce of energy.

If you happen to be hot, your horse feels exactly the same if not worse during exercise. Temperature around 70F range are better for horses to endure hours of exercise in ring or field.

What can you do to help cool the horse down?

Working your horse under high temperatures and humidity is like a punishment to their system, you must always have fresh and cool water as it is hard for them to go too long without a drink. It is usually an excellent idea not to work them too hard in high heat and humidity.

If you do light work with your horse make sure to let them drink every 30 minutes and do not forget to let them drink as much as they need after you are done working especially if sweating up. Make sure the water bucket you are giving to your horse is fresh water and the bucket did not spend the whole day warming up under the sun. Hot water can scald your horses lips. Place the bowl or bucket in the shade.

Cool Bathes

Another way to cool down your horse is to give it a bath but not ice cold water. You can spray water from a hose on their back, legs and chest. Some horses can be head sensitive about water and you must be careful if it is the first time you bath your horse.

You can also use a big sponge to clean and cool down his head. Then, don’t be surprised or mad if after spending time cleaning and cooling your horse down it rolls in the dirt, as this is the first thing horses usually do after being showered to have a bug screen coating on their coat.

Finally even if you have a salt block out, it’s not enough for those brutally hot days. You need to have extra salt near his hay or feed. He’ll eat what he needs.

May 3, 2014 |

Why a horse spook? | Learn Horseback Riding

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What to do when your horse spooks?

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Every rider even the most experienced have experience horse spookiness. The reason can simply by a mousse crossing the path of your horse, a tree branch falling, an unusual noise or an object they never been introduce before such as a plastic ball or a simple mailbox. (the list could be long…)

Facing unknown objects or situation, a horse first response is often how to save its own life also called “fight-or-flight” to avoid any potential threat. A natural instinct and essential for horses defense system. All of us would prefer having a horse that do not spook so we can ride with a better safety and fun, but it doesn’t exist at 100%.

The best remedy to “de-spook” is to “desensitize” your horses.

But be aware as it is always a unfinished training. You can control a certain level by making your horse more familiar with foreign situation but you will never have a horse that is spook FREE and facing an extreme danger the spookiness can comeback as fast than a gallop.

Understanding the origin of the spook is very important for the horse health, well being and of course safety of the rider. Some horses can be more sensitive than others as there is no normality to a horse spook. Some can simply run away, some will jump or simply make a sharp move in a direction and calm down after one second but other can cause serious injury if scared and can easily make a back flip even facing a simple flower or mouse.

Horses have many other reasons for spooking. If you notice abnormality in the spookiness then you better look if your horse is not suffering of vision problems, chiropractic issues or other thing that could discomfort him including teeth.

No matter the reason of the spooking you should take the opportunity to better train your horse to not being scared of its environment. However it is vital for wild horses as it is a natural instinct of survival.

Do not be upset after your horse for doing it. Try to reassure him and showing him he does not have to be scared and to stay in control in case he wants to runaway.

In case of run away, don t get hard on the bit or forceful, or you will be confirming that the horse should be scared by adding more pressure to his fear and it goes the same with spurs.

May 3, 2014 |

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