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Carriage Horses Deserve Better Treatment From New York City; Old and Worn Out

September 21, 1988

To the Editor:

The bedraggled, sad horses that pull New York City's carriages are bought
old and worn out for as little as $200 by the handful of stable owners.
The horses will work the rest of their lives wending through the city's
traffic congestion, breathing exhaust fumes and getting baked by the
pavement's searing heat.

The carriages are permitted to travel anywhere in the city anytime.
There's inadequate enforcement of rest and watering. Many horses suffer
from little or no grooming, and they are frequently shod in a barbaric
fashion. The drivers of the city's 68 carriages are mostly untrained,
unlicensed hacks.

BETTY ALBERTINE
Long Island City, Queens, Sept. 7, 1988

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