Items

Forums
 
Horse Carriage Trade Update
 By Winniefield Park   •   7th Jun 2017   •   2,022 views   •   0 comments
Horse drawn carriages come have come under scrutiny again with incidents, bans and protests in Melbourne, Rome, New York, and Montreal.

In Montreal, Canada, calls to end the carriage trade within the city have intensified. Two incidents during the first long weekend of the summer. In one, a horse fell, requiring the assistance of onlookers and a veterinarian to help it regain its feet. In another, a horse tripped and fell, crashing the vehicle it was hitched to after the driver lost control. The driver had to be treated for minor injuries.

Montreal
Last year, the mayor of Montreal tried to put a one-year ban on carriages operating within the city. But the ban was struck down in court. The Montreal Montreal SPCA supports the ban. There are fears that this being the year of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Canada’s sesquicentennial that more tourists in the city may mean more accidents on the already crowded streets. Both recent incidents were attributed to horses tripping over sidewalk curbs. Protests are being organized for the end of May. An online petition started in 2015 has been revived following the weekend carriage accidents.



New York
The debate over whether the carriage trade in New York continues. Outraged surged again when news spread of a horse falling on a taxi within Manhattan. The horses were being ridden from their stable to the location of their carriage in Central Park. One horse spooked, running backward with its rider and falling with its head awkwardly against a taxi van. The horse was checked over, and later a veterinarian was seen coming out of the stable and it was reported that the horse only suffered a few minor scrapes and bruises. Still, many people see this is just another accident that proves that horses do not belong on the streets of New York.

Rome
The city of Rome has about forty horse-drawn carriage operators. There were plans to end horse-drawn carriages in the city, but pressure from the operators forced city government to abandon the plan. Extreme heat, crowded, slippery roads and loud noises are faced by the horses making many believe that the city of Rome is no place for a horse. Many complain that currently there are laws about the treatment of carriage horses, but no enforcement of the law. Ideally, the horse carriages would be replaced by the electric cars bought for the purpose in 2015, but not yet used.

Melbourne
Starting June 30, the city of Melbourne, Australia will not be issuing permits for new carriages within the city. Years of protest by activists has put pressure on city officials to bring an end to the carriage trade there. Existing carriages are being confined to areas with less traffic as accidents have happened when carriage drivers have done U-turns in front of busy tourist spots. Not all carriages have permits, however, since the roadways in Melbourne are under the jurisdiction of VicRoads, the traffic authority in that area and have a legal right to travel on the roadways. That means the city officials have no say, just as if they were cyclists, over their right to be on the roadways. However, where they can stop for passengers can be subject to rules. Activists hope, however, that the public will understand that horses and vehicles are a bad mix and that Melbourne’s carriage trade is coming to an end.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  carriage,
Horse News More In This Category:  Horse Rescue and Abuse      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 Related Horse News
Is it Time To End Horse Drawn Carriages in New York City
29th Jan 2014   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
I've had to spend some time in the city lately, and I can't say I've particularly enjoyed the experience. With its crowded sidewalks, bumper-to-bumper traffic, car exhaust and strange smells, potholes and streetcar tracks, flashin ...
Looking at the Arguments Against the Carriage Trade
5th Jun 2016   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
While I fundamentally agree that the time for the carriage trade in its present form is past, some of the arguments you see online against it don’t make sense.The public often doesn’t see horses in the same way ‘horse people’ do, ...
Horse Carriage Trade Update
7th Jun 2017   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
In Montreal, Canada, calls to end the carriage trade within the city have intensified. Two incidents during the first long weekend of the summer. In one, a horse fell, requiring the assistance of onlookers and a veterinarian to he ...
Victoria BC Horse Carriage Ban
22nd Jun 2018   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
The rumblings about the carriage trade in Victoria have been ongoing for some time now. An incident last May has brought the business under harder scrutiny. Earlier this spring, two horses pulling a carriage fell on the street. A ...
Horse Collapses at Sugar Shack Wagon Ride
25th Apr 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Animal activists cry foul as video of a horse pulling a wagon load of tourists enjoying a day at a maple sugar bush fell. The Montreal SPCA is investigating and the contractor who ran the wagon ride at the sugar bush has suspende ...
Another Caleche Horse Collapses Weeks Before Ban
9th Nov 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Calèche horses in the city of Montreal are again in the focus of animal rights activists. This time a horse slipped as it crossed a metal plate and ended up lying on its side in the street. Although the police found no abuse of th ...
Savannah Carriage Rides in Extreme Heat
5th Jun 2019   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Like so many other cities and tourist areas around the world, Savannah, Georgia is grappling with issues surrounding carriage horses. Even in the hottest days of summer, Savannah’s three carriage operators give tours through histo ...
Montreal Carriage Rides End
26th Jan 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
After years of controversy the city of Montreal, Quebec, caleches, the quaint carriage rides through the historic city are banned as of January 1, 2020. The tourist districts will no longer hear the familiar clip clop of hooves as ...
Rescue Homes For Carriage Horses
3rd May 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
As of January 1, 2020, the carriage trade came to an end. As a result, the calache horses were given other jobs, or retired. One organization, A Horse Tales Rescue is providing homes for former carriage trade horses, helping them ...
Istanbul Tourist Carriage Horses In Dire Condition
9th Feb 2020   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
It often seems that tourism and horses is an unfortunate mix, especially when the offerings go unregulated. Such is the case in Istanbul, where carriage rides have come under scrutiny. Combined with a deadly virual outbreak, Istan ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Signed into Law
2nd Mar 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
In a move that many hope will help prevent accidental horse deaths on the racetracks of America, The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act was signed into law in late December 2020. The law aims to standardize drug testing, enforce ...
Thoroughbred and Canadian Warmblood Top Jumpers on PonyBox
28th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Two breeds are currently holding the highest jump records on PonyBox. The Thoroughbred and Canadian Warmblood's are taking the top spots with vengeance and appear unstoppable. ...
Teen Rescues Girls from Pond After Horse Alerts of Danger
27th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Oliver normally enjoys being groomed by his young owner, but when she noticed Oliver getting restless she wondered at his was unusual behavior. It wasn’t until that she noticed some neighbor kids playing on a frozen pond that she ...
PonyBox Highest Earners
21st Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
It’s no surprise that the top-winning mare and stallion are also Ponybox’s highest earners. Or, that the highest-winning stable also produces many of the most successful jumpers. Here is a look at the outstanding earners on Ponybo ...
Hard to Watch as Man Jumps into Horse Race Final Stretch
20th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Lots of sports fans pay top dollar to buy seats that put them almost in the middle of the action. But this race fan took getting into the action a little too seriously. It was a lot of risk for an experience that lasted a moment. ...
The Horses of the Shetland Islands
15th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Take a quick armchair trip to see pastoral landscapes, otter crossings and adorable, furry Shetland ponies! This travel video highlights some of the sights on the archipelago that makes up the Shetland Islands. This is the native ...
PonyBox February Top Spots
14th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
As we reach the middle of February 2021 these horses are holding the top spots. A rare breed is making an appearance in the ranks of Best Jump while Friesians are holding many of the top spots in the ranks. ...
Cat Jumps on Horses back Video
11th Feb 2021   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Winniefield Park
Where do you go when your feet get cold. This foolish kitty decided to sink its toes into the plush coat of an equine pal. Or perhaps pal isn’t the right word. It’s quite possible kitty has a future in rodeo. Now, all we need is k ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2021   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
260 Members Online 270,151 Registered Members 2,851 News Articles 12,167,565 Unique News Article Views 291,826,548 Website Views