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What do you think about horse carriages in urban areas?

They're fine
33%
350
They require additional oversight
42%
435
They should be banned
21%
221
I don't have an opinion
4%
41

Total votes cast: 1047

Comments & Write-in Answers

All a matter of good basic care

2/15/2010 3:23:22 PM

I think they require additional oversight for the animal's welfare. Some are in horrible shape!

2/15/2010 2:10:07 PM

They give city folks a chance to see and pet a horse but they must be regulated for the horse

2/15/2010 1:19:22 PM

It is impossible to monitor, so they should be banned.

2/15/2010 11:22:46 AM

too dangerous, more oversigbht required if continue

2/15/2010 10:20:37 AM

belive cities should make it safer if they want carriages

2/14/2010 11:47:39 PM

I think city people should be educated as to 'nice manners'/ expected behavior towards horses.

2/14/2010 6:58:02 PM

If handled well, more city folks'll get to meet horses.

2/14/2010 1:20:19 PM

horses do not deserve to slave in an unnatural, harsh environment

2/14/2010 11:44:45 AM

Perhaps they're ok in large park venues, but not on the city streets.

2/14/2010 2:27:58 AM

horses are work animals not barbie dolls.

2/13/2010 11:48:28 AM

Hazardous for passengers and vehicular traffic, and these horses live in terrible conditions

2/13/2010 6:44:25 AM

carriage horses look very good to me, have them Vet checked regular

2/12/2010 11:21:28 PM

I live in amish country and they are everywhere; accidents occur; the public needs educated

2/12/2010 2:11:23 PM

ride around the park not on the streets

2/12/2010 1:19:23 PM

as long as horses are well taken care of!

2/12/2010 9:33:25 AM

I drive a wagon and see the need for more intervention

2/12/2010 1:11:03 AM

I drive carriage horses and have always had a very positive response from people about them.

2/11/2010 11:18:22 PM

It depends on the situation It's not a one size fits all thing

2/11/2010 10:16:02 PM

I'e seen carriage horses in terrible working/living conditions. They don't belong on city streets.

2/11/2010 10:14:19 PM

all horses deserve a safe barn to live in and some paddock time outside

2/11/2010 8:10:04 PM

Ask the Amish how all that works for them...

2/11/2010 6:10:05 PM

How healthy is it for the horse--physically and emotionally?

2/11/2010 6:04:40 PM

Motorized vehicle drivers cause the problem. They are inconsiderate, impatient, rude and careless.

2/11/2010 6:02:15 PM

Hideous life for a horse

2/11/2010 6:01:03 PM

Most horses are not well cared for and work attrocious conditions

2/11/2010 5:22:40 PM

leave the industry alone! if the horse can't work, they don't make $ so horse is taken care of

2/11/2010 5:09:41 PM

I feel they should be taken out of NYC but its nice to have them in small town areas.

2/11/2010 4:15:48 PM

As long as the horseman/woman is smart about their surroundings.

2/11/2010 2:43:41 PM

as long as they are treated fairly and well cared for, it should be ok

2/11/2010 2:36:56 PM

I've visited the hack line, the horses are well-cared for and mellow.

2/11/2010 2:20:48 PM

As long as the horse is properly trained & equip safe, why not?

2/11/2010 12:45:00 PM

next thing you know, they will try to ban horseback riding on public roads

2/11/2010 12:29:24 PM

I think the laws in our state mandate good care for these horses.

2/11/2010 12:09:10 PM

Some people are not good enough to handle horses.

2/11/2010 12:01:40 PM

The carriage horses are not abused. There are many regulations on hours, shifts, etc.

2/11/2010 11:27:20 AM

Horses should receive the best care and given proper rest times

2/11/2010 10:35:14 AM

Horses bring such joy to NYC people. Horses have and can live in an urban environment.

2/11/2010 10:23:45 AM

Most I have seen are underweight!

2/11/2010 10:10:40 AM

how about they are awesome.

2/11/2010 2:22:25 AM

Auto drivers are uneducated about safety.

2/11/2010 1:29:21 AM

More equines being driven from view. What next???

2/11/2010 12:35:41 AM

Horses= Business They do need regulations for safety of animals and people.

2/10/2010 9:10:09 PM

i dont approve of them.but perhaps if they were liscensed and approved, it would be better.

2/10/2010 8:57:05 PM

This is a wonderful question. They should really be thinking about bringing carriages back!

2/10/2010 7:48:51 PM

If the horses are properly cared for - I don't see an issue.

2/10/2010 6:15:45 PM

Special care and time away in a pasture for periods of time regularly.

2/10/2010 6:06:40 PM

It's a terrible job for a horse!

2/10/2010 5:57:35 PM

for many people, that's the only time they may see a real horse!

2/10/2010 5:44:51 PM

i think it looks romantic for the lovers & for sight seeing in urban areas

2/10/2010 5:36:46 PM

As long as taken care of

2/10/2010 5:32:35 PM

For safety, I think there should be some strict guidelines

2/10/2010 4:58:53 PM

no green house gases! :D

2/10/2010 4:50:33 PM

Care and handling needs to be monitored and areas of use restricted, eg parks and surrounding blocks

2/10/2010 3:10:20 PM

Good equine exposure but too many are unhealthy

2/10/2010 1:54:58 PM

Carriages should be restricted to parks and historic districts with limited vehicular traffic

2/10/2010 1:24:49 PM

Dangerious as there's may reckless drivers out there. I wouldn't want to risk my horse.

2/10/2010 12:58:12 PM

What a horrible life those horses must have!

2/10/2010 12:43:55 PM

So much danger to horse and drivers

2/10/2010 10:22:37 AM

I know it is very romantic to see and take carriage rides, but city streets are no place for horses

2/10/2010 10:03:13 AM

Horses built American, clearing trees, trucking product & as war horses.

2/10/2010 9:39:08 AM

Don't know enough about how they are managed to have an educated opinion.

2/10/2010 9:11:44 AM

What political BS is this? The carriages are great, leave them alone!

2/10/2010 8:54:07 AM

Need proper shoes and their own lanes.

2/10/2010 8:26:08 AM

It is inhumane and puts horses at unnecessary risk for harm. They are worked too hard.

2/10/2010 8:25:30 AM

If there are carriages in big urban places there is more chance they will get hit.

2/10/2010 7:13:55 AM

Gives people contact with horses that normally would never have

2/10/2010 1:09:31 AM

auto drivers are mainly the problem from inattention to surroundings

2/9/2010 11:54:46 PM

They are a wonderful addition to uban areas

2/9/2010 11:54:40 PM

I love to see them.

2/9/2010 11:08:54 PM

Too bad a few bad ones are all we hear about anymore

2/9/2010 11:08:19 PM

Should be in Central Park

2/9/2010 9:52:33 PM

Carriage companies that are professionally run are an asset to urban areas

2/9/2010 9:52:08 PM

as long as horses are properly cared for carriages are good PR

2/9/2010 9:48:29 PM

Most I've seen in Seattle looked OK, but one was stumbling

2/9/2010 9:32:57 PM

They are hard on feet and dangerous for the horse. Locally we had a horse hit by a car during xmas.

2/9/2010 9:24:23 PM

I love seeing them, but they should be restricted to parks and low traffic areas.

2/9/2010 9:15:03 PM

The next to be watched that the horses are taken care of correctly

2/9/2010 9:14:57 PM

Absolutely love horse or mule driven carriages...a great way to tour or relax!

2/9/2010 8:59:41 PM

They are ok if they are maintained properly..

2/9/2010 8:52:34 PM

Once upon a time, but it's just too dangerous anymore.

2/9/2010 8:52:17 PM

cruel,boring for the horse,pastures?,shade?

2/9/2010 8:26:39 PM

Dirty, noisy, dangerous for horses. Equine welfare should be priority.

2/9/2010 8:23:03 PM

THEY ARE ABUSIVE; THE POOR HORSES DESERVE BETTER

2/9/2010 8:22:26 PM

They have to contend with witless drivers, breathing car & truck exaust and I believe that they woul

2/9/2010 8:10:27 PM

It is the chance to give "city folk" exposure and appreciation ofequine.

2/9/2010 7:54:05 PM

Imagine all of the exhaust they are breathing as they stand behind traffic breathing it all in

2/9/2010 7:49:56 PM

they bring money into the cities

2/9/2010 7:47:39 PM

We should ban autos

2/9/2010 7:47:11 PM

Be careful, if you ban carriages, they'll ban riding horses next.Carriage horses are well cared for.

2/9/2010 7:36:25 PM

Having seen some horses abused i feel tighter control is needed

2/9/2010 7:34:47 PM

I don't think that horses should be subjected to exhaust and traffic and hard pavement.

2/9/2010 7:29:35 PM

i think it would be nerve racking to any one in any street with the fumes,noices and traffic

2/9/2010 7:21:50 PM

only on streets where traffic is not allowed

2/9/2010 6:59:20 PM

I love to ride in them, but worry about the horses welfare.

2/9/2010 6:57:24 PM

They require MUCH additional oversight or need to be banned

2/9/2010 6:52:44 PM

carriage horses are wonderful venues

2/9/2010 6:46:20 PM

It's a lovely tradition, but all the smog and possible health issues can't be good for the hores or

2/9/2010 6:04:44 PM

There should be strict reanimgulations regarding rest periods, days off, feeding and watering.

2/9/2010 5:46:11 PM

great use for otherwise unwanted horses

2/9/2010 5:44:46 PM

horses and vehicles don't mix. Horse loses every time.

2/9/2010 5:39:03 PM

We have urban horses. Most of our riding is in town. They do fine with traffic.

2/9/2010 5:32:36 PM

they should be highly monitored and use appropriate horses

2/9/2010 5:20:19 PM

Not all are bad, but enough of them are to warrent oversight

2/9/2010 5:20:17 PM

Limit length of work period. Limit hours on pavement. Closely monitor condition/health.

2/9/2010 5:13:28 PM

I want a ban, but protect exisiting horses from slaughter after ban.

2/9/2010 5:05:08 PM

I think they are great, if the cars realize they are there and watch out for them.

2/9/2010 5:00:35 PM

Carriages are a wonderful way to tour an historic old part of town or ride through large urban park

2/9/2010 4:51:57 PM

Licensing should depend on regular veterinary inspections.

2/9/2010 4:46:50 PM

Cities are just too crowded now

2/9/2010 4:39:24 PM

They are OK as long as the horses are taken care of properly.

2/9/2010 4:38:59 PM

horse carriage belong in the countryside unless we are speaking or poor countries where the equine u

2/9/2010 4:34:27 PM

no one will rpoperly police the owners and 1 bad owner is one too many

2/9/2010 4:30:32 PM

It's not natural for a horse tobe in that kind of traffic...so like everything else it can be over d

2/9/2010 4:25:27 PM

People act to dangerousely

2/9/2010 4:19:29 PM

I think that many of them are not treated well.

2/9/2010 4:16:45 PM

Horses shouldn't be on the road with cars because of fumes and the danger of getting hit

2/9/2010 4:12:36 PM

They need extra protection and more time off away from the city.

2/9/2010 4:08:12 PM

I have seen some ugly wrecks when a car hit the horse, or he was spooked.

2/9/2010 4:05:21 PM

Give urban people a connection to horses. Make sure the horses treated well.

2/9/2010 4:04:11 PM

Our society today does not have the "room" to do this any more. it no longer is feasible.

2/9/2010 4:01:11 PM

IF THEY ARE USED ON NON MOTORIZED ROADWAYS, IT WOULD BE OK, BUT NOT WHERE CARS AND TRUCKS GO,

2/9/2010 4:00:51 PM

To dangerous.

2/9/2010 3:52:04 PM

As long as horses are properly taken care of

2/9/2010 3:47:12 PM

They OK if they treat the animals well. They are a great way to see the sites.

2/9/2010 3:44:51 PM

The health and safety of the horse(s) is paramount. It's a good way for a horse to make a living

2/9/2010 3:43:15 PM

They should have a certain route that cars can give them a wide berth to pass them

2/9/2010 3:41:43 PM

The horses have been very well-cared for in the cities I've visited.

2/9/2010 3:40:53 PM

I love carriage rides in cities!

2/9/2010 3:39:57 PM

the drivers shuold watch out for the carriages.

2/9/2010 3:39:35 PM

be safe about and use low traffic routes. Put up warning signs if possible along routes

2/9/2010 3:39:33 PM

Just as taxis and their drivers require licensing and annual safety checks, so should carriages

2/9/2010 3:39:08 PM

They need to be tightly regulated for the health and safety of horses.

2/9/2010 3:36:32 PM

Only allowed with VERY stringent oversight.

2/9/2010 3:36:20 PM

cruelty

2/9/2010 3:35:13 PM

people have no business subjecting horses feet to endless hours of pounding pavement and gas fumes.

2/9/2010 3:34:36 PM

Exhaust fumes, hard pavement and standing all day in the hot sun not a favorite for horses

2/9/2010 3:34:12 PM

OK, as with any other horse activity as long as horse welfare is considered

2/9/2010 3:33:49 PM

It is so dangerous to have horses alone around heavy traffic, much less HITCHED horses

2/9/2010 3:32:00 PM

If you don't use horses, there won't be any horses.

2/9/2010 3:30:37 PM

They are pretty cool. They do need inspection however. By qualified parties please.

2/9/2010 3:25:17 PM

They should be monitored but NOT by government, animal welfare group.

2/9/2010 3:24:27 PM

As long as they are ethically treated and cared for, I'm all for them having jobs.

2/9/2010 3:22:58 PM

Amish use them as primary transportation in parts of PA

2/9/2010 3:20:01 PM

Just need to be sure the horses are treated humanely.

2/9/2010 3:18:20 PM

Paved roads and heavy traffic are a risky work environment

2/9/2010 3:16:36 PM

I cringe everytime I see a horse at work on concrete

2/9/2010 3:13:50 PM

leave them alone.....

2/9/2010 3:12:33 PM

Every time horses are taken out of the public eye, the entire industry is one step closer to death.

2/9/2010 3:10:06 PM

dangerous for the horses

2/9/2010 3:09:17 PM

hell for the horses, absolute hell.

2/9/2010 3:04:07 PM

As long as the carriage operator is committed to promoting the humane welfare of the animals,

2/9/2010 3:03:19 PM

I love to see horse carriages in urban areas

2/9/2010 3:02:59 PM

Carriage horses should wear padded boots, not shoes, to prevent concussion injuries.

2/9/2010 3:01:05 PM

It is extremely cruel and an obvious dangerous environment for a horse.

2/9/2010 2:57:05 PM

Vehicle driver's should give them the same type of respect.

2/9/2010 2:55:13 PM

-have seen them in major cities worldwide; need accurate accident data to access degree of risk

2/9/2010 2:45:10 PM

Sometimes their hooves look awful, but most draft horses I've seen have bad feet!

2/9/2010 2:43:05 PM

As long as it's safe and the horses have proper training

2/9/2010 2:41:42 PM

Allow carriage rides to cointinue. Put a good set of welfare rules in place and enforce them.

2/9/2010 2:37:51 PM

need rules for car drivers whn approaching and passing carriages- be respectful of the horses & peop

2/9/2010 2:37:12 PM

Love em! But don't want them mistreated

2/9/2010 2:37:01 PM

Inspections of carriages for safety

2/9/2010 2:36:41 PM

I think it is a good thing that the horses can work, as long as treated humanely.

2/9/2010 2:31:50 PM

Good for the general public view of horses but need to be moniterd and horses need to have less

2/9/2010 2:25:56 PM

Cities are too heavily congested with traffic. I believe it is too dangerous for both horse & people

2/9/2010 1:23:13 PM

Stables and management techniques should be approved

2/9/2010 1:23:00 PM

People who drive cars/trucks have no respect for those of us who drive our carriages on the road.

2/9/2010 1:03:32 PM

Today, most if not all are well taken care of. There are more regulations reguarding health.

2/9/2010 11:32:03 AM

As long as they are properly taken care of

2/9/2010 10:27:27 AM

i would LOVE to be able to use my horses for transportation in town

2/9/2010 9:58:52 AM

I love them. And they are a great "green" alternative for sightseeing

2/9/2010 9:35:54 AM