by TANIA KARAS
Cross-posted from the Wall Street Journal blog
A carriage driver lost control of the horse when the animal was startled by noise from a construction site at West 59th Street and took off running on Aug. 16, leaving the carriage behind.
The carriage hit several parked cars, while the horse was captured several blocks away after falling on its side. Oreo’s injuries were minor, and he was suspended from work afterward.
“Oreo went through a very traumatic experience and we are doing what’s best for Oreo,” Stephen Malone, president and spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York, said of the horse, who pranced for reporters.
Oreo is headed for Blue Star Equiculture in Palmer, Massachusetts.
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It seemed inevitable that this could be the only outcome, that Oreo would not return to Manhattan’s Central Park to lug bunches of tourists and other strangers around, and indeed be “retired”. That is the right public relations move for the City and its carriage horse trade. It is also the right move should a lawsuit arise from the accident, showing the City acting responsibly by removing the offender — the carriage horse of course — from the streets.
Whatever the reasons, we are happy for Oreo. Bon voyage and our sincerest wishes for happy days ahead for him.
The quote that stands out to me among the exchanges about the accident and the inevitable call for the City to ban horse drawn carriages is this grisly remark by Mayor Bloomberg.
“In our society, we have, from cave-man times, used animals as part of our economy. We eat them.”
Ugh. Oh, you may find the cartoon, part of a related article on the Daily Maul, amusing.
Oreo is lucky indeed that his high profile bolt in midtown Manhattan ended the way it did, and not a dinner plate where so many horses do.
– Carriage horse who bolted in Manhattan may end up on Easy Street; Tuesday’s Horse; Aug. 18, 2012.
– 3 injured when Manhattan carriage horse Oreo bolts and breaks free; Tuesday’s Horse; Aug. 17, 2012.