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Old 12-18-2012, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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terrible practice because of the propensity that the hard surfaces lead to hoof and leg problems for the horse, shake my head and say a silent wish that involves a kick to the groin whenever I see these d-bag drivers and their d-bag passengers riding in these carriages.
Agreed. Those poor horses in Central Park are mistreated and often made to work in terrible heat. Every so often one collapses. The practice should end.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:05 AM
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Location: Ohio
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San Antonio has some.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Riverside, CA also has some.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
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Milwaukee, WI. I see them all the time never tried it. The horses carry bags behind them to catch the waste. Who wants that smell leading the way?
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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The horse carriage industry is highly regulated here in Savannah. The horses are well-cared for, can only work limited hours daily, can't work in certain weather (hot and cold), must have their physical condition monitored and recorded every hour (if you've never seen somebody take a horse's temperature ... Well, that's an experience). The city is in the process of moving the carriage stands out of the City Market area to another (undetermined) locaton; the increase in nearby bars and restaurants makes the horses a potential health hazard. That's the most controversy you'll find around here related to carriage horses.

Savannah even has a city employee whose sole job is to drive around the Historic District cleaning up after the horses. Here's how it works: When a horse urinates in the street, or misses his diaper, the carriage driver pours a gallon of disinfectant on the spot, drops a little wire flag color matched to the particular company (there are several), then radios a dispatcher who sends the cleanup guy. Within 5 minutes usually, somebody drives up to clean the mess. The accidents are recorded and the appropriate carriage company then charged a fee for the service. Pretty tight huh?

Not cleaning up or following through is cause for loss of license. There are no one-man operators, as in NYC.

Another interesting fact: Many of Savannah's carriage horses are retired draft horses bought from Amish farmers. They are preferred for their calm disposition. They are pampered and treated incredibly well, as far as carriage horses go.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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The horse carriage industry is highly regulated here in Savannah. The horses are well-cared for, can only work limited hours daily, can't work in certain weather (hot and cold), must have their physical condition monitored and recorded every hour (if you've never seen somebody take a horse's temperature ... Well, that's an experience). The city is in the process of moving the carriage stands out of the City Market area to another (undetermined) locaton; the increase in nearby bars and restaurants makes the horses a potential health hazard. That's the most controversy you'll find around here related to carriage horses.

Savannah even has a city employee whose sole job is to drive around the Historic District cleaning up after the horses. Here's how it works: When a horse urinates in the street, or misses his diaper, the carriage driver pours a gallon of disinfectant on the spot, drops a little wire flag color matched to the particular company (there are several), then radios a dispatcher who sends the cleanup guy. Within 5 minutes usually, somebody drives up to clean the mess. The accidents are recorded and the appropriate carriage company then charged a fee for the service. Pretty tight huh?

Not cleaning up or following through is cause for loss of license. There are no one-man operators, as in NYC.

Another interesting fact: Many of Savannah's carriage horses are retired draft horses bought from Amish farmers. They are preferred for their calm disposition. They are pampered and treated incredibly well, as far as carriage horses go.
nothing about any of this demonstrates why it is a good idea to have horses pulling a carriage along city streets, one only has to look at the horses to see why it's a stupid thing to do...take off your blinders.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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nothing about any of this demonstrates why it is a good idea to have horses pulling a carriage along city streets, one only has to look at the horses to see why it's a stupid thing to do...take off your blinders.
I agree completely. I live in the North Loop. Aside from the obvious cruelty to the animals themselves; I'm tired of having to add horse-drawn carriages to the bikes, skaters, pedestrians, and Segways I have to dodge when I drive down West River Road.
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