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Frightened Carriage Horse Escapes NYC Stables; Runs Through Heavy Traffic

May 31, 2017 | carriage horse

Friends of Animals (FoA) is deeply disturbed by a new video showing a frightened New York City carriage horse galloping through the busy streets of Hell’s Kitchen after escaping from her downtown stables and believes this is yet another example of why horses do not belong on city streets. Period.

Goldie, a 12-year-old female horse, ran out of the Clinton Park Stable at about 5 p.m. and sprinted west on 52nd Street toward 12th Avenue, workers said. The horse ran around for about 10 to 15 minutes in heavy traffic and being chased by police before returning to the stable on her own.

“That poor horse spooked - something frightened him ... only made worse by the sirens.  What ignorance.” said Elizabeth Forel, President of the Coalition to Ban Horse Carriages and FoA board member.

This incident serves as yet another reminder that carriage horses endure great amounts of stress on a daily basis. In order to generate a profit and provide short-term entertainment for tourists, these horses are forced to work on hard pavement in dangerous, unhealthful and unnatural conditions, in all manner of extreme weather, confined between carriage shafts and then inadequate warehouse stalls.

These horses absolutely must be taken off the streets and placed into waiting sanctuaries as soon as possible. To learn more about why you should support a ban on horse carriages by checking out our online guide here. 


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