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    NYC Carriage Drivers Behaving Badly

    They whitewash their license plates; do not pay attention to the road, make illegal U-turns; leave their horses unattended and pull them by the bit - and still this tiny (but protected) industry manages to survive. WHY do these violations matter? Because failure to adhere to these basic laws--and basic rules of horsemanship--endangers the public safety.

    White washed license plate

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    Why make it easy to report a violation?

    Parked over a steaming manhole cover

    Mickey Z

    no concern for the possibility that it could EXPLODE! as many have done in Manhattan. Not to mention that it must be uncomfortable for the horse.

    Wrong way on a one-way street

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    Seems that the driver forgot his street map, because he is traveling north-east--illegally--on a street that goes south-west. Cops? nowhere to be found.

    "Unattended and Untethered"

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    perfect recipe for a "spook and bolt." If something happened and this horse spooked and bolted into traffic, his driver would not be able to stop him. This is very unprofessional and irresponsible behavior.

    This can happen when horses spook!

    Smoothie's driver left her unattended and untethered at the hack line and was not paying attention. A loud noise spooked Smoothie and her driver was not close enough to calm her. She bolted and ran into a tree where she hit her head and died. She was only 12 years old.

    Poor Smoothie - she did not have to die!

    Her driver was not paying attention when she spooked

    Illegal U-turn

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    "Woo hoo! I'm King of the Road." yeah - unfortunately they do it all the time ... no cops around to stop them.

    They think they own the road

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    another illegal U-turn

    Using the horse as a battering ram

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    "I own the road!"

    Lunching with pigeons

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    yes they need to eat too, but their droppings are getting mixed in with the oats.

    Another horse standing over a steaming manhole cover

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    There are other places to "park" the horse. Irresponsible and unprofessional.

    King of the road

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    this is very bad form - he could go flying and cause a serious accident if the carriage was hit.

    Yum!

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    pigeon feces and oats. The smartest thing is for the driver NOT to feed the horse on the street. This kind of mismanagement results in horses ingesting pigeon feces and pigeons getting run over and killed by the carriages.

    They couldn't put his food in a bucket?

    Rosanna Delgado

    look at the filthy ground.

    The King of Central Park waving to his fans

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    too bad he is not paying attention to the road

    Huh! Is it me or is that blanket on wrong?

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    Note to driver: equipment goes on first -- blanket should be able to be easily removed when it gets too warm.

    There is a law about using a cell phone while driving and it includes carriage drivers.

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    But alas. No officials pay attention. But just you try it and see how fast you get a ticket.

    Pulled by the bit? Are these "horse lovers" insane?

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    Poor horse. The driver let it happen while taking a picture for these tourists. I took this picture and told him that his horse was being hurt. He told me to get lost.

    Hey: Pay Attention to the Road!

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    Maybe the seat is uncomfortable...

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    Standing in the box while driving is very bad form. The center of gravity is too high and control is lost. But I guess they think it is very cool.

    Hey: You too. Pay Attention!

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    Carriage horse parade

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    Romantic? um. I don't think so.

    This Kid is no carriage driver! Dangerous and illegal!

    Where are the cops when you need them!

    Cell phones while driving are illegal

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    But who's watching?

    Poor drenched horse

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    By law, drivers are not supposed to work their horse during a heavy downpour. But that does not stop them. Anything for a buck!

    Standing up and turning around.

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    putting everyone at risk: horse, driver, passengers, adjacent cars and passengers and pedestrians

    Oops! close call

    Donny Moss

    illegal u-turn.

    Blood Money

    R. Jensen for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

    not much to say here. It is what it is.

    Pay Attention to your Horse!

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    His horse is screaming to us "Get me out of here. Please!"

    Standing while making a turn

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    foolish, foolish behavior

    Passengers should NEVER be left alone in a carriage

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    If something happens to spook the horse and he takes off, the passengers could be seriously injured. The driver should never get out of the carriage leaving passengers behind. Bad form!

    Another white washed license plate

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    Seems to be the fad. Can you imagine what would happen if you whited out the numbers on your car license plate?

    And another white washed plate

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    Is this the norm? Why bother getting a license plate at all if they are going to obliterate the numbers?

    Yup! They own the road.

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    Taxi: better get out of the way. The carriage drivers are "working."

    This is what they consider a stall ...

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    tiny, filthy, not enough bedding - but mostly -- look at the rubs on the horse's hide!

    Horses access the upper stable floors by this steep ramp

    Donny Moss

    Stables/stalls should always be on the first floor. In the case of a fire, it is easier to evacuate the horses.

    Horses are not Cars!

    Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

    not taxis either!

    Times Square is no place for carriage horses

    Rosanna Delgado

    The horse knows it but try telling the driver.

    Horse trying to escape into a taxi

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    He wants to get away from his driver!

    Gridlock for Horses

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    So Romantic!

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    not. What possesses them to spend $50 + tip on this? Get out and walk!

    This stall is up to code relative to size

    But it is NOT big enough! This is like a 15 pound cat squeezing himself into a small shoe box.

    Reading while driving - keeping up with the racing forms?

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    no one in authority seems to care. Just as automobile drivers should not read, take pictures or use their cell phones while driving -- neither should a carriage driver!

    Turnout NYC style

    no pasture; no place for this horse to roll on the ground to express his horse joy and no grass to munch. This is inhumane!

    Still with the white washed license plate

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    The authorities do not care! It is a lawless free for all. This goes for the Mayor's office and the Department of Consumer Affairs. Outrageous!

    Another Illegal U-turn

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    on Central Park South ... it's not like there is no traffic - you can see the bus.

    Another driver using his cell phone and being distracted

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    he thinks the law does not apply to him because he belongs to a "special protected class." Teamsters - who hoo

    "Well made" carriage

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    Notice the right front tire falling off. Carriages are flimsy and get crunched like a pile of sticks in an accident.

    Hey - Pay Attention to the Road!

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    One of the worst offenders.

    Oh My! Is there no end to his vanity - as driver takes selfie!

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    We know that he is not paying attention. The passengers are oblivious. He is actually trying to intimidate the person taking a picture of him by taking his own picture

    Urine and feces stains on left front leg - driver busy on iPad.

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    Filthy stall? These stains do not come off easily if more than one day old. This horse was pawing and pawing on the hot sidewalk - bored out of his mind.

    Leading the taxi parade

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    Who still thinks this is "romantic" and "iconic?"

    Harness Rubs

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    caused by incorrectly and illegally attached manure catcher. By law, the manure-catcher must be attached to the carriage--not to the horse.

    Is that a black garbage bag?

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    so ingenious if not cheap. I hope the driver is bringing the horse back to the stable. It is snowing and slippery -- and against the law to work the horse in these conditions.

    Must the driver "park" his horse in the slush!

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    while he is eating off the ground. Uncomfortable, inhumane and ignorant.

    Yum! eating grains off the snow.

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    Wrong, wrong, wrong -- the driver is just lazy.

    Illegal! - working horse in adverse weather conditions

    Donny Moss

    But that does not stop this driver from hawking more customers

    When carriage drivers make an illegal u-turn

    This was the driver of Oreo who spooked on Central Park South when he saw a big frightening truck. The driver dismounted - first mistake - lost control of Oreo who bolted into traffic. Although he was hospitalized, his injuries were fortunately not life threatening.

    Oreo spooked and bolted

    he was "retired" after that

    Oreo's carriage - a pile of sticks

    They are flimsy and dangerous

    Eating filthy snow

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    Horses need just as much clean, fresh water in the winter.

    Driver and tourists ignore horse

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    Most people who take these rides do not realize that there is a real, live animal with needs just like they have who is pulling them in the carriage. The horse might as well be an automaton.

    Here is one horse who wishes he was in a field grazing.

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    Congestion!

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    Why would anyone want to get involved in this mess at $50 for 20 minutes + tip?

    Filthy water trough

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    This occasionally still happens in the winter when the 5th Avenue trough shuts down.

    Another illegal u-turn

    This happens when horses are overworked and exhausted.

    Mary Xanthos

    They collapse, as Flash did in December 2011.

    Flash was dragging passengers in the carriage

    Mary Xanthos

    They tried to get him up only to go back to his exhausting job.

    It is prohibited to work a horse during adverse weather conditions!

    But that does not stop the greedy drivers!

    Horses are not cars!

    Donny Moss

    They know it but do the drivers?

    Charlie dropped dead in October 2011

    Young horses do not just drop dead on the street.

    Carriage and station wagon meet - horse dies

    Catherine Nance

    January 2, 2006 - Spotty spooked, bolted and crashed into this station wagon - all while pulling the carriage. Spotty was killed and he was only 5 years old.

    Happened in Poland - but similar accident

    It shows clearly a carriage making a u-turn and getting clipped by a car.

    Yoo hoo - can you see me in there?

    Carriage horse in traffic.

    It is against the law to work horses in pouring rain.

    But no one is stopping the driver who is probably cozy in the carriage.

    Craig's List ad for drivers - looking for a summer gig?

    No experience with horses required.

    Unattended for 15 minutes. Illegal and dangerous

    Eddie Sullivan

    This carriage was unattended in midtown while the driver went off somewhere, leaving the horse vulnerable to being hurt by some random passerby - or spooked by any number of things. It is wrong, irresponsible and illegal.

    u-turn - right in front of a tour bus - Yikes! close call!

    Susan Brandt

    Notice the driver is not even paying attention to the road.

    Whitey collapsed from the heat some years ago

    This awakened people to the dangers and inhumanity of the carriage trade.

    Horse put back to work after he stumbled and fell

    Theresa Shaver

    the family riding in this carriage was awakened to the inhumanity of the trade after the horse spooked and fell. They jumped out and said never again!

    Accident on Central Park South with Bud

    Pile of sticks

    that's one carriage that will not be used again.

    Bud was the horse who was involved in the accident

    Notice his bloody legs. Bud is no longer in the trade.

    Carriage hit in rear by taxi - Central Park South

    Driver in coma and almost died; horse injured; people in carriage injured. I wonder if the driver was standing up as many do.

    Wedding carriage

    Oops - horse spooked - even in Brooklyn

    Chris spooked at Columbus Circle

    Where is Chris now?

    Juliet dropped dead in 2006

    Notice how the NY Times called the horse "Rusty." We believe that the driver was using Rusty's tags on Juliet to double shift her. Her real name was revealed when she died several hours later.

    Pity the Poor Horses!

    Yup! for now, that is about all you can do.

    Says it all!

    Shut this inhumane trade down and save the horses. It is, after all, 2014!

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