Carriage Horse Images

BIG JOHN.  Featured Image (above):  A Charleston Carriage Works horse named Big John fell near Meeting and Hasell streets in downtown Charleston, April 2017. The animal’s owners said the horse tripped and lay still until the tack was removed, as it was trained to do, and then got back up and was fine. Charleston Carriage Horse Advocates claimed the animal collapsed from exhaustion.

Watch Big John’s Story

Related Reading: “Carriage company sues Charleston Animal Society, Carriage Horse Advocates”, May 31, 2018.

MORE ACCIDENTS & COLLAPSES

The following is a random sampling of the brutality of the carriage horse industry caught on camera.

Manila, Philippines

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A horse made to pull tourists in a carriage in temperatures of more than 30°C [86ºF] was photographed after collapsing with exhaustion. Heartbreaking pictures showed the brown horse struggled to carry three holidaymakers through the streets of Manila in the Philippines, on April 2, 2019.

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Witnesses came to throw water on the visibly underweight animal after the horse’s legs buckled and she fell in the middle of the road. Source.

Quebec City

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May 23, 2017. Quebec City calèche accidents renew calls for carriage ban. One Quebec City horse fell to the ground and lay there for two hours. The horse had been weakened by dehydration said an attending veterinarian.

New York City

Carriage horse killed in an accident in NYC. After having a life of drudgery this is how it ended.
Carriage horse killed in an accident in NYC. After a life of unnatural confinement and the drudgery of pulling tourists around in carriages in all weathers, this is how his life ended. In brutality.

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

A man who was riding with his family in a horse-drawn carriage that ran wild on the streets of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Saturday is speaking out about what he calls the scariest thing he’s ever been through. The two horses crashed into two cars at an intersection. “It turned into madness,” he stated. 15 people were treated for minor injuries suffered in the December 2017 smash up.

Car collides with carriage horse in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It is unknown if the horse survived.
See video report below.

Ogden Point, Victoria, BC, Canada

On 17 August 2018, at approximately 7:45 pm, a witness contacted Victoria Horse Alliance with a report of a horse carriage accident at the cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point. One witness who took pictures of the incident immediately after it happened described what happened: “The horses actually were partially on top of the car.” This is at least the second incident in the last three months.

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Horse carriage accident at the cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point.

Victoria Horse Alliance reported on another accident:

“The carriage stopped at the top of the hill. When they went to go, they lost traction and the one on the left (from behind) fell and took the other with him. At that point the large T shaft was between them and intertwined with horses legs and had them pinned down. When removing the T shaft one point of the T was about to jab into left horses belly as the horse jolted but the men were able to keep the horse down and was able to maneuver it from the legs and safely remove it from between them.” Narrative continues after the image.

Horses collapse at Ogden Point “It was shocking and traumatic” says witness.
Two carriage horses collapse at Ogden Point, Victoria. “It was shocking and traumatic” says witness.

“Horses working in the carriage industry slipping and risking injury in Victoria has been documented previously. During the free horse-drawn trolley tours sponsored by the Downtown Victoria Business Association, animal advocates from the Victoria Horse Alliance witnessed trolleys regularly being overloaded and the horses slipping on the pavement multiple times. Several bylaw infractions were filed with the city of Victoria bylaw department. Even after the complaints were filed, no change was seen in the behaviour of the carriage operators.” Published by Victoria Animal News. Source.

New York City

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Carriage horse Max collapses in New York’s Central Park. Feb. 27, 2017.

The New York Post reported, “Disturbing images show a seemingly-exhausted carriage horse (pictured above) lying limp on his side after suddenly collapsing in Central Park — and now an animal rights group is demanding an investigation.”

“Witnesses saw the horse breathing heavily before he collapsed on the ground near Tavern on the Green around 10 a.m. last Tuesday, said a rep for the anti-carriage group NYCLASS.”

NYCLASS demanded an immediate investigation. In the meantime, “Carriage driver Chris Emanus put the horse, named Max, back to work on Monday, insisting he’d been cleared by a vet. Emanus claimed the equine had simply tripped because he was wearing horseshoes for the time in eight months after returning to the city from a farm.” Source.

Savannah, Georgia

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A downed and seriously hurt carriage horse in Savannah, Georgia. The horse had spooked and overturned a carriage full of passengers in Savannah’s historic district just before noon on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, officials say. All of the passengers — and the horse — were injured in the accident.  Read about it here.

New York City

Another downed carriage horse in New York City.
OREO the NYC carriage horse who broke free and made a run for it. He was sedated so he could be transported to his stable.

Oreo’s story made a lot of headlines. Tuesday’s Horse Posts: 1. Three injured when Manhattan carriage horse Oreo bolts and breaks free (Aug 17, 2012) 2. Oreo the NYC carriage horse who spooked and bolted gets new home (Aug 29, 2012) 3. Oreo the reluctant Manhattan carriage horse traded to the Yankees (Sep 8, 2012).

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Chris the carriage horse disappeared from the City following a spooking accident in midtown Manhattan. His driver is quoted as saying Chris was sent to the New Holland, Pa. slaughter auction. Chris had broken his leg.

Montreal, Canada

20 year-old Montreal carriage horse Blackjack collapsed on the way back to the stable and was kicked by the driver when he wouldn't get up. He and another 20-year old carriage horse were both rescued by the SPCA. SPCA Photo.
20 year-old Montreal carriage horse Blackjack collapsed on the way back to the stable and was kicked by the driver when he wouldn’t get up. He and another 20-year old carriage horse were both rescued by the SPCA. SPCA Photo.

New York City

Carriage Horse collapses and dies, 54th Street, NYC

Salt Lake City, Utah

Manila, Philippines

Animal rights advocates are up in arms after a horse was hit by a bus in Manila. According to witnesses, a Green Star passenger bus with body number 2205 and plate number ACD 4182 hit the horse which was drawing a calesa along Magsaysay Boulevard. Instead of stopping, the bus sped on leaving the injured horse slumped beside a passenger jeepney.

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Carriage Horse suffers broken leg after being hit by a bus in Manila. Jan. 19, 2017. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has promised to help with medical treatment of the horse and getting charges filed against the driver of the bus for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

New York City

HOW AND WHERE THEY LIVE

Underweight New York City carriage horse looks out from his cramped, squalid conditions.
Underweight New York City carriage horse looks out from his cramped, squalid conditions. This is what hell looks like. New York Post.
The owners of horse stables on Manhattan's West Side have no intention of selling and cashing in. (Louis Lanzano/for New York Daily News). Jan 20, 2016.
The owners of horse stables on Manhattan’s West Side have no intention of selling and cashing in. (New York Daily News). Jan 20, 2016.
NYC Stable says this carriage horse’s stall is not animal abuse. NY Post. June 1, 2017.
NYC carriage horse operator says this carriage horse’s stall is not animal abuse. (New York Post).  Jun 1, 2017.

Clinton Park Stables, NYC

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Chateau Stables, NYC

A stableman leads a horse outside Chateau Stables in Hell’s Kitchen, one of only four traditional carriage stables left in New York City. Photo by Yannic Rack.
A stableman leads a horse outside Chateau Stables in Hell’s Kitchen, one of only four traditional carriage stables left in New York City (The Villager) Dec 10, 2015. Photo by Yannic Rack.
Carriage Horses at Chateau Stables, New York. By Untapped.
Carriage Horses at Chateau Stables, New York. By Untapped.

OUTMODED PRACTICE MUST BE BANNED

Major cities such as London, Paris and Toronto have all banned horse drawn carriages. It is time for other areas where these industries currently exist (such as New York City) to move into the 21st century and take seriously its moral and ethical responsibility to these sentient beings while ensuring the safety of its citizens. See Cities That Have Banned the Carriage Horse Industry »

Surely as a civilized society, we should and must do nothing less than getting these horses off the streets and out of danger.

LEARN MORE

• Read posts on carriage horses on our blog, Tuesday’s Horse »

• See also Carriage Horse Fact Sheet »

Learn more about incidents like these at The Partnership to Ban Horse Carriages »


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Last updated 11 Nov 2019

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