Sadly, Oreo was so upset that he had to be tranquilized. Image courtesy of NYC Class.org
For a long time, many equestrians have questioned the safety and ethics involved with city carriage horses. Though the rustic charm often sways people’s opinions on the topic, something we must ask ourselves is how many cases like Oreo’s happen and end differently? In several instances rather than simply ‘clipping’ cars and trucks, horses have completely collided with them, often causing life-threatening injuries or death. Certain lawmakers have called for a ban on horse carriages in New York City, while others maintain that it is a necessary tourist attraction.
The aftermath of a less-fortunate carriage horse in NYC. Image courtesy of Animal Law Coalition.