Compromise carriage horse plan for NYC falters when Teamsters withdraw support

We were never in favor of this bill but have been following it. We initially had a decent working relationship with the Mayor’s Office but they became increasingly unreceptive to the idea of the Mayor doing what it takes to keep his campaign promises. So we have moved our efforts to Albany. —Editor


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The City Council is postponing a vote on a bill to restrict horse-drawn carriages to Central Park after the Teamsters Union withdrew its support, citing concerns about their jobs.

The vote on the compromised plan, which was initially supported by the union, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, was set to take place on Friday.

But the Teamsters announced Thursday that they can’t support the bill in its current form.

“The Teamsters’ first priority is always our members and their livelihoods,” said George Miranda, president of Teamsters Joint Council 16 which represents the horse-drawn carriage workers. “With the legislation now finalized, our members are not confident that it provides a viable future for their industry. We cannot support the horse carriage bill currently before the City Council.”

Mark-Viverito said the bill “was negotiated in good faith and was contingent on an agreement between the administration, the Teamsters, and the City Council.”

“The Council will not vote on any horse carriage-related legislation on Friday since the Teamsters no longer support the deal.”

The proposal called for several changes, including reducing the number of licensed horses and limiting them to Central Park where the animals would live in tax-payer funded stables.

It also included a ban on pedicabs from operating in Central Park below 85th Street.

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Vegan eats for Super Bowl partying

Here are some wonderful foods to serve up at a Super Bowl party whether it’s at your house or theirs! Link to recipe pictured above at the very end of the post. All of these wonderful eats are vegan, absolutely delicious and fun to make.

From Forks Over Knives

Here’s a twist on deviled eggs, always a party favorite. This recipe does not have eggs and is yummy and delicious.

I didn’t have time to make hummus, I used my favorite store bought instead. But I have made hummus loads of times. It is easy and yum yum yummy. So go ahead and give it a try.

Here’s a video on how to make these devils. Recipe at Forks Over Knives website.


How about some of vegan spinach ranch dip? Here’s the recipe at Forks Over Knives.

Here’s the video on how to make it.

See also my Hidden Broccoli Avocado Dip

Okay, that helps out with appetizers. But what Super Bowl party is complete without chili?


Here’s my award winning chili recipe.

Yes, it really did win an award, and in a meat centric chili cook off in Texas. Then I had to convince them there was no meat in it. After the shock wore off they tried to disqualify me. LM_O.

Here’s a quick tip. If you haven’t cooked quinoa before and don’t want to start experimenting this close the big day, here’s an alternative. Bear in mind however if you can boil rice you can boil quinoa.

Grab a box of vegan burgers out of the freezer section. Cook them all. Let them cool a bit. Crumble them up into the chili. If you get a barbecue flavored burger, you will taste the barbeque flavor in your chili, and so forth.


Before you go. That scrumptious image featured at the very top are Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pinwheels. You can get the recipe at The Minimalist Baker. There is not a single recipe at that lady’s website that doesn’t make me salivate.

If you make nothing else from this list, make this one whether you are vegan or not or even interested in it. If you have been invited to a party and want to take something to knock their socks off, you can’t go wrong with this.

They are all really good. Thanks everyone!

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P.S. Our vegan recipes are part of our Advocate From Your Plate campaign.

Boarding Barn Confidential: Biggest Pet Peeves

When the link to this post arrived in my mailbox from I was thrilled to see the subject line and more so when I read the article. This is really good information especially for a horse owner even if you board your horses yourself. Because guess what? You will still have people wanting to do things that sound good but are not good for your horse. If you board your horse, please take the time to read and save this article for future reference. Thank you Ms. Griest! —Ed.

Boarding barn owners reveal their biggest pet peeves.
By Allison Griest – @allisongriest | January 15, 2016

Today, most people don’t have land or riding facilities on their own property, so they opt to keep their horse at a boarding facility. As a horse owner, selecting a barn can be a stressful process. Your horse’s well-being and the enjoyment you get from your barn time hinge on making the right choice. As the barn owner, addressing every individual client’s needs (and horse’s needs) can be a challenge, along with maintaining a safe facility and harmony among the residents, both horse and human alike.

We talked to two different barn owners about what they appreciate in a boarder, and about what they never want to have happen at their barn. For privacy, their names and locations have been changed, but we can assure you that all the stories are real.

Safety Offenses

As a barn owner, Kimberly R. from Ohio considers safety her top priority.

“I teach a lot of young kids, and often parents have the rider’s younger siblings with them at the barn,” says Kimberly. “I need every person at the barn, rider or not, to practice safe horsekeeping and horse handling. There is no other option.”

However, she reports that’s not always what happens. Safety offenses she’s seen include:

•Tying a horse to a movable object such as a portable round pen.
•Tying a horse to a trailer with the reins instead of a halter and lead rope.
•Hauling horses in unsafe trailers.
•Attaching a cinch incorrectly.
•Bringing dogs out to the barn that are aggressive toward other dogs, horses or people.

“One time I even had a boarder leave the barn and call me about 30 minutes later,” Kimberly explains. “She asked me to put her horse up. She’d forgotten to put him away herself.”

Joel K. in Texas has been running his boarding facility for over 30 years, and he says most of the time, the problem with difficult boarders is that they don’t want to listen. They simply don’t trust the barn owner as a knowledgeable horse professional.

There’s more at the article here »

What makes a good client?

Being a valued part of the community at a boarding barn goes beyond paying your bill on time. Kimberly believes all clients are good clients—until proven otherwise, of course. To her, a good boarder:

•Follows the rules.
•Does not make up new rules.
•Is not an absentee owner.
•Is respectful of other people and their belongings and doesn’t borrow equipment without asking.
•Takes care of her own equipment, including grooming supplies and tack, and puts it away before leaving the barn.
•Picks up after her horse. (We all know manure doesn’t magically move to the manure pile. Someone has to put it there!)

To Joel, a good client is easy to describe. A good client has a true love for horses. Every other hurdle that can potentially present itself at a barn can be handled, but if that commitment to the horse is missing, his job as barn owner can be difficult.

— Finding the Right Barn and more at the full article »

Horse Looking Out From Barn

A Christmas rescue makes it a happy new year for a horse, disabled children and the taxpayer

Updated 1/25/2016 2:40 pm

Just before Christmas I spotted a gorgeous, healthy, palomino quarter horse colt in a kill pen in Bastrop, Louisiana awaiting shipment to slaughter in Mexico. I bought him as a gift for a therapeutic riding school for handicapped children in Victoria, Texas and shipped him to them.

Had I not intervened he would have been crammed into a crowded trailer with panic stricken adult horses and sent to a hellish death or been trampled to death in transit. A foreign meat company would have made a few hundred bucks selling him by the pound and paying no U.S. taxes. His story would have ended there.

However, now that he has been snatched from the slimy clutches of the foreign horse meat trade he will go to on to a loving home and a long, productive life as a therapeutic riding horse. He will help thousands of emotionally and physically handicapped kids overcome their challenges.

In his 20-year life he will generate several million dollars (I calculate about 9 million) in taxable economic activity in hay, grain, stable salaries, lesson fees, farriers, tooth care, vet services, etc.

A few hundred bucks to a foreign corporation, zero benefits to the U.S. and a one-way trip to horse hell for a beloved American icon vs a productive life, enrichment of the lives of Americans, and millions to our economy are the side effects of horse slaughter.

This is the choice represented by passage of HR 1942/S 1214 — to get rid of the slaughter of our horses.

I urge ya’ll to pass this bill in 2016 so that we can multiply this success story by 130,000 per year (92% of the 140,000 horses slaughtered per year are healthy and young just like this one), pump billions into our economy and stop the foreign meat traders from robbing us of a cherished American treasure.

If you’re so inclined please forward a link to this story to your State and Federal legislators as these are all strong talking points for stopping the slaughter of our horses.

Happy New Year!!!

Brian Sullivan

We will update you with pictures when we receive them. —Editor.



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