For 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.