History of the Carriage Horse Issue in New York City

Horse Rules - An ASPCA Campaign Is Saddled With Criticism
- by Wista Jeanne Johnson - Village Voice - September 13 - 19, 2000

The Political Power of NYC’s Carriage Business – A Bare-Bones History (excerpted from the Carriage Horse Action Committee’s 18 page history)

Articles: Published in Satya, by Laurie Jordan

An Elegant Carriage Ride? - Part 1 – August 1994

How ‘Bout a Carriage Ride? – Part 2 – September 1994

Remarks by Mayor David Dinkins at Public Hearing on Local Laws – 12/29/93

Peggy Parker/Carriage Horse Action Committee – Testimony before City Council Transportation Committee re Local Law 89 – 11/29/93

A Black Night Horse – by Peggy Parker – 1988


“Carriage Horses” are a hold over from another time. But it was never a time of civility and romance – that is both a fantasy and a lie to promote the present carriage horse industry. These idyllic conditions never existed. Read the truth about the history of horses in NYC – how the horses lived a life of drudgery, neglect and abuse – they were often beaten. And if they died they were left on the street as so much garbage. It is past time that the City of New York treated these gentle giants as the wonderful sensitive creatures they are.

PORTRAIT OF AN UNHEALTHY CITY: NEW YORK IN THE 1800S - From: Columbia University – by David Rosner

URBAN POLLUTION - Many long years ago - The old gray mare was not the ecological marvel, in American cities, that horse lovers like to believe - By JOEL A. TARR - American Heritage Magazine – October 1971

Coalition To Ban
Horse-Drawn Carriages

A Committee of the Coalition For New York City Animals, Inc.

The Coalition for
NYC Animals, Inc.

P.O. Box 20247
Park West Station
New York, NY 10025


In memory of
Rescued former Boston carriage horse R.I.P. July 20, 2013

To honor
Bobby II Freedom
former NYC carriage horse previously known as Billy ID# 2873 rescued by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Equine Advocates on June 25, 2010 from the New Holland auctions.

In memory of
Lilly Rose O'Reilly
former NYC carriage horse previously known as Dada ID# 2711 R.I.P.August, 2007