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.

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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.


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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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.