Carriage Horse Free SLT
(South Lake Tahoe)

A local, grassroots citizens petition
to end the Carriage-Horse Trade in South Lake Tahoe

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"It's over. We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City. They are not humane. They are not appropriate to the year 2014."

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, two days before his swearing in. More…

I saw one of the carriage horses holding his hoof like he was in pain. I was told "Horses always do that." I've been out with the wild horses a couple of times a week for the past 8 years and have never once seen a horse hold his hoof like that…. Makes you wonder if people are telling you something that isn't true or if they really know very much about the animals in their care. —Billy Howard, Reno

Whenever I see those carriage horses, having to stand all day long or haul heavy carts full of people around, I feel sad. I wonder if they are thirsty, or fatigued, or in pain. Using them this way just for human amusement seems totally wrong. —Esta L., South Lake Tahoe, CA

I have been on one carriage ride. While being with the horses is lovely, seeing their strong bodies turn tired and faces sad, is not a lovely thing at all. Please help put a stop to this senseless 'tradition.' —Loni P., Reno

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About Carriage Horses
Both Reno and Las Vegas have OUTLAWED horse-drawn carriages.
But they may be seen nearby in South Lake Tahoe.

On this day in August, 2012, a horse was seen favoring a tender foot but set to work in any case. On another occasion, a single horse was seen to strain under the weight of pulling 8 adults in the oversized, three-bench carriages and faltered on the cobblestones.

Carriage Horses. The carriage horse industry has been banned in many major European cities. The reasons vary, but most commonly cited are:
  1. Horses spending hours breathing in heavy exhaust fumes

  2. risk of serious injury or death in a traffic accident

  3. poor or inadequate stabling,

  4. little care or no veterinary care,

  5. poor hoof care

  6. a life of drudgery, boredom, overwork and depression

  7. forced to endure extreme outdoor temperatures and weather conditions.

  8. limited, if any, access to water

City officials became convinced, because of a steady stream of complaints from concerned citizens and tourists, that the lives of carriage horses were indeed abysmal, and they could not improve their lives, no matter how much the trade is regulated. More…


  • New York to end Horse Carriage Rides, 11/2013

  • Update: Jerry the Horse Revealed Dead After Cover-Up

  • Imposter! PETA offers $1,000 reward for whereabouts of Jerry the carriage horse after his owners try to pass off a photo of another animal as the injured mare

    13-year-old Jerry collapsed earlier this month due to a bout of colic

    More than a week after Jerry the carriage horse collapsed in Salt Lake City, PETA is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.

    The 13-year-old dapple-gray half-Thoroughbred/half-Percheron horse collapsed while pulling a carriage through downtown traffic in sweltering heat.

    Jerry was left lying for several hours on the scorching pavement, before his owners eventually moved him via forklift to a nearby stable.

    In response to concerns about Jerry?s recovery, Annette Overson, who co-owns Carriage for Hire, the company that carries out the rides, provided The Salt Lake Tribune with a photo that she claimed was Jerry standing up in a stable.

    Overson has since admitted to Mailonline that she had tried to pass off another horse as Jerry and described her actions as 'stupid?.

    Now PETA are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Jerry.

    'We fear that Jerry may have become another victim of the cruel horse-carriage trade.'

    Jerry was near the end of a tour when he suddenly kicked his stomach and collapsed to the ground on August 17.

    'It was distressing because lots of people there wanted to do something, but didn?t know what to do,? Schulthies said. 'Obviously, the carriage company didn?t have any plan for that type of thing.?

    'After reviewing the video footage of the incident and consulting with equine experts and veterinarians, we question the diagnosis of colic and subsequent reports from Carriage for Hire,' More…

  • Young girl injured in runaway horse-and-carriage accident injured in runaway horse-and-carriage accident, KTVU, 8/2013

    An 11-year-old girl and a man riding in a horse-drawn carriage were injured in a collision near Petaluma Saturday, police said.

    This morning, 63-year-old Pleasanton man James Crawford and his horse "Lady" were providing horse-drawn carriage rides at a family event at a home on East Washington Street, according to police.

    Around noon, an 11-year-old Cotati girl was riding in the carriage on East Washington Street when the horse became spooked and took off running at full speed. Police said Crawford tried unsuccessfully to stop his horse, which steered into a city traffic sign, causing the man to be ejected.

    Crawford tried to hold onto the reins of the carriage and was dragged for several yards before losing his grip.

    Meanwhile, 58-year-old Petaluma resident Martin Sessi was driving eastbound on East Washington Street when he saw Crawford get ejected from the runaway carriage, according to police. More…

  • NY carriage crashes, horse flees up Broadway, CNN, 8/2012

    It wouldn't be shocking to see cats or lions on Broadway. Many have flocked to Broadway to see these animals, in plays of course.

    But how about a horse running down Broadway dodging Manhattan traffic while dragging terrified tourists?

    That's what happened Thursday afternoon in a horse-drawn carriage accident that had even the most hard-to-startle New Yorkers gawking.

    "The horse got spooked and rolled the carriage," NYPD Detective Martin Speechley said. "There were two passengers and a driver. All of them have nothing but minor injuries, if there are any injuries at all."

    Witnesses said the horse was moving westward along Central Park South when it entered Columbus Circle, a traffic rotary at the park's southwest corner, and bolted. As it ran, it struck an object, which split the carriage in two parts and freed the horse to run free, they said.

    "I saw the horse at a full gallop with either people or a person in the carriage," said CNN's Soledad O'Brien, who watched the incident unfold in front of the network's New York bureau. "Then the carriage separated and the horse ran up Broadway."More…

  • Midtown Accident Reignites Horse-Drawn Carriage Debate, CBS, New York, 8/2012

    But critics said the accident proves that the law must change. Scott Levenson of New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets said he wants the city to say "neigh" and ban horse-drawn carriages.

    "This is the 13the accident over the last 12 months. It's not a question of if something's going to happen in this industry; it's just a question of when," Levenson told CBS 2's Kramer.

    "It's inhumane treatment to the animal and a huge danger to the area," State Sen. Tony Avella said.

    "The horse-drawn carriage industry is inherently dangerous," said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal. "Despite claiming to have taken every available precaution, the industry cannot ensure the basic safety of the horses or the public."

    Rosenthal is renewing her call for passage of a bill she introduced in June 2011 that would ban horse-drawn carriages in New York and require humane relocation of the horses released from service.

    Thursday's accident apparently did little to scare tourists away from taking carriage rides. It was as busy as ever around Central Park on Friday, but it's clear that this is one municipal debate that is not going away any time soon. More…

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