Letter in The Chief re exploitation of NYC carriage horses

By ELIZABETH FOREL | Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages My letter in The Chief:   (The Chief is a paper read by New York union members, municipal  workers and legislators)  TWU = Transport Workers Union Local 100 Horse Sense Posted Thursday, September 15, 2022 7:33 pm To the editor: “TWU opposed bill that would ban Central Park horse carriages” (The… Continue reading Letter in The Chief re exploitation of NYC carriage horses

Animal advocates protest ‘big lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse cruelty

Walking Horse Big Lick. Google image.

WZTV NASHVILLE | by Cindy Murphy | 25th Aug 2022 Animal advocates protest against cruel practice involving chains attached to the horse’s hoof and boots used to give horses an exaggerated gait. Animal Welfare Advocates with the grassroots Citizens Campaign Against “big lick” Animal Cruelty (CCABLAC) have announced that they will peacefully assemble at the… Continue reading Animal advocates protest ‘big lick’ Tennessee Walking Horse cruelty

Beaten, malnourished, collapsed NYC carriage horse retires to farm upstate, reportedly

THE NEW YORK POST reports: The carriage horse who collapsed on a busy Manhattan street after being flogged by his driver earlier this month is enjoying retirement on an upstate farm, a former industry rep told The Post on Tuesday. Edita Birnkrant, executive director of the animal rights group NYCLASS, angrily told The Post in… Continue reading Beaten, malnourished, collapsed NYC carriage horse retires to farm upstate, reportedly

Collapsed NYC carriage horse Ryder was malnourished and older than reported

Thank you everyone for keeping Ryder's story alive. At last, someone is reporting on Ryder's condition and pointing out what we all saw immediately. Thank you New York Post.—TH The NEW YORK POST reports: The struggling carriage horse that collapsed on a busy Manhattan street earlier this month was malnourished, underweight — and much older… Continue reading Collapsed NYC carriage horse Ryder was malnourished and older than reported

Carriage horse protest NYC; Daily Mail report on Ryder

From the Stopping NYC Horse Abuse Facebook page: As of now, no one knows exactly what is wrong with Ryder, but it is quite clear by his emaciated state and the fact that he collapsed and was unable to get up for over an hour — he is in a life-threatening condition," Edita Birnkrant told… Continue reading Carriage horse protest NYC; Daily Mail report on Ryder

“Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

WASHINGTON D.C. — Former U.S. President Donald Trump in January 2017 improperly blocked a new USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service rule meant to protect show horses from taking effect, ruled a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 22, 2022. The appellate court verdict,… Continue reading “Big Lick” horses win in court. Can they get a break from Congress?

Carriage Horse found dead in his stall amid NYC’s record heatwave

Have you see this already? It is brutal; sickening. They say it “might have” been colic. One Green Plant reports: Last week during New York City’s record heatwave, a carriage horse named Billy was found dead in his stall, according to the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (the “Department”). This is just the… Continue reading Carriage Horse found dead in his stall amid NYC’s record heatwave

Stampede chuckwagons return with new safety measures

Chuckwagon Race at the Calgary Stampede - deadly to horses. Photo: Metro News Canada.

So the headline states, hoping to woo people who care about horses into thinking that the Stampede chuckwagon event can be turned into something more agreeable and acceptable. Chuckwagon racing is brutal and dangerous to horses and should be banned — whether horses are killed or not. Is that what it takes — dead horses… Continue reading Stampede chuckwagons return with new safety measures

Will downed NYC carriage horse video bring an end to the trade?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: A carriage horse trots near Central Park on April 21, 2014 in New York City. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, made a campaign pledge to ban carriages in Central Park. As the horse carriage industry, which mainly takes tourists through the park, has come under criticism from animal welfare agencies, many New Yorkers are voicing their support for the horses and drivers. On Saturday animal welfare activists protested in front of actor Liam Neeson's home after he wrote a newspaper piece in support of the carriage horses. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

No. But we know what will. We are not banking on what happened to a carriage horse recently in NYC bringing an end to the trade — and all the misery, abuse and mayhem that goes with it. It is just another "final straw" in a trail of so many final straws. Can no one… Continue reading Will downed NYC carriage horse video bring an end to the trade?

I saved an abused, broken horse. Or did she save me?

By Courtney Maum | The Guardian | 27 April 2022 ON A BALMY DAY in early October, I found an aged polo pony named Abuelita panting in a locked stall, her matted hair bearing the mark of the saddle that had recently been on her, a gash across her cheek. Her legs were trembling from… Continue reading I saved an abused, broken horse. Or did she save me?