Saturday, December 12, 2015



There are good horse stables and there are bad horse stables.
Judge for yourself

    In NYC, the law allows carriage horse horse stalls to be as small as 60 square feet – 6’ x 10’ – even though many of the horses are large drafts weighing upwards of 2,000 pounds.  Equine  experts recommend stalls be 144 square feet or 12' x 12'  - with even more space
    provided to larger horses.  There is not enough space in NYC to do this right and the
    drivers want to cram in as many money-making machines (horses) as possible.  This is,
    after all, a business - not a horse-sanctuary.  When these horses cannot cut it anymore,
    they are gone.  
    The law does not require turnout to pasture since the land does not exist.  The law also
    allows the stalls to be on upper floors – accessible by a steep ramp.  How steep is it you
    ask?  Imagine a warehouse building with two floors connected by a staircase.  Remove
    the stair and replace it with a ramp, which because of the small space, is very steep.  This
    is how the horses access their stalls.  It is uncomfortable for them,  especially the older
    ones, to go up and down every day. The ideal is to have the stalls on the first floor.  

   These are some pictures published by ChelseaNow lauding these stables as old New 
    York.  But they are not historical landmark material.  They are just old, smelly, decrepit 
   buildings that warehouse horses like a prison. 

   These pictures are available for the public via this newspaper.  However they are nothing
   to be proud of. 

Chateau Stables on 48th St. - This stall is too small for this carriage horse at 60 square feet.   The horse still wears a  halter.  Although permissible, it is obviously done for the convenience of the drivers.  But it is uncomfortable for a horse to wear it 24/7.   More proof that these horses are just "products" and money making machines. 

Carriage Horse stable - Although Liam Neeson might want to live here, it is a disaster for horses.  Note that it has one means of egress in the middle.  If there were a fire, the horses would panic trying to descend a ramp to get out one exit.   This is what the unions and City Council want to preserve? 

Carriage Horse stable - Clinton Stables  on 52nd St. - It is not OK for a horse to be sharing his oats with pigeons.  The pigeons defecate on the oats in the bucket, which is then eaten by the horses. 

West Side Livery on 38th St. - small and cramped and dirty.  Couldn't they at least have cleaned up for the photographer?  I guess they did not care. 
 Again - horses wearing halters.


This stable belongs to a rescue in Massachusetts.  The stalls are 12' x 12' with a 10' wide aisle.  Note the horses are not wearing halters while resting.  The name of this rescue is withheld to prevent them from being harassed.  

Horses are herd animals and love to graze.   This is something that is not available for them in NYC. 

      NYC should not be supporting this business.  It is cruel and inhumane to the horses.  No 
     matter how hard the carriage owners, Liam Neeson, some of the Council members and 
     others try to make this look romantic and "olde New York."  it is inhumane and marks NYC
     as one that does not care about animals. 
     It is also unsafe and dangerous to people whether the horses are housed in Hells Kitchen or Central Park.
     Additionally, the 68 medallion owners are the only ones who make out here -- not the
      drivers.  Do not believe that there are 350 "good union jobs."  There are only 120 drivers
     who belong to the union and they receive no benefits. 

     Unions are losing membership all over the country and they need this to show their
    strength.  But it is based on a lie at the expense of the horses.  The Mayor and Council 
    Members are terrified that the unions will come after them in the next election. 
    So in the end -- what are they trying to protect?  What is really behind all of this nonsense?

    Is this the kind of city you want to live in?  


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good post.