26 Oct '11, 11pm
No, One Dead Horse Shouldn't Be the End of Carriage Rides @jaymiheimbuch makes the sustainable case for work horses.
There was no sign of ill health or neglect among these animals that I could detect, and I stared at about five horses for awhile because I was photographing them. There was a sense of pride from the drivers toward their horses, and no one who is abusing their horse would allow a photographer to spend 20 minutes or more aiming a lens at their horse. It seemed clear that the carriage drivers I was around had nothing to hide, and considering they are in a very, very public place day in and day out, they'd better have nothing to hide. I'm well aware that this is an anecdotal, one-off experience and I can't offer insight into the entire industry based on it, but it's hard to think that carriage horses should be banned when I haven't seen first hand that they're abused. And I just want to show that I come from a place that gives horses priority over people.