Gentle Barn, a non-profit animal sanctuary, plans to open a rescue outside of N.Y.C for retired carriage horses
December 1, 2022
Tracey Harrington McCoy, reporting for PEOPLE magazine writes:
THE death of Ryder — a New York City carriage horse who went viral in August after collapsing during an incident caught on video — could lead to change for other carriage horses.
The Gentle Barn, a non-profit animal sanctuary with four locations around the U.S., is fast-forwarding plans to open a rescue for retired carriage horses because of Ryder’s struggle, according to a release from the organization.
“It is only a matter of time before the next horse falls,” said Jay Weiner, Gentle Barn’s cofounder. “We must act now by getting old and injured horses to a safe space where they can be rehabbed and live their best lives, and in the long term, we must replace horse-drawn carriages with electric ones.”
A fundraising campaign was recently launched for the retirement home sanctuary, which The Gentle Barn plans to open outside New York City in Westchester, New York. The Gentle Barn hopes the new project will become a “verdant, quiet, and peaceful haven for the horses as well as visitors from New York.”
“While we work toward the transition to electric carriages — the ideal solution for the horses, the drivers, the environment, and New York City tourism — we can offer the horses a humane and loving retirement plan,” Weiner explained in a statement.
In August, Ryder was found “lying in the middle of the roadway in distress,” the New York City Police Department told PEOPLE of the animal’s collapse at 45th St. and Ninth Ave.
A video of the moment obtained by NBC News showed Ryder’s carriage driver Ian McKeever attempting to pull the animal up and hitting it, yelling, “Get up! Come on! Get up! Get up!” as Ryder stayed on the ground and dropped his head.
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“National animal rescue buys NYC-area farm for retired carriage horses“, New York Post, December 2, 2022
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