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Heartbreaking: Spooked Carriage-Industry Horse Crashes Into Taxi (Photo)

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | June 10, 2014

More proof that horses and Manhattan just don’t mix: A horse named Pumpkin, who was pulling a horse-drawn carriage, got spooked and bolted, leaving pedestrians scattering for safety. A passerby was pulled off his feet and dragged after he grabbed the reins in an attempt to stop the horse. A bicyclist caught up with Pumpkin and wedged the horse between a taxi and a car, smashing the cab’s door in the process.

In the middle of the melee, Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker tweeted that he almost got run over by the horse “running wild through the city.” Right after the incident, many New Yorkers and tourists took to Twitter to express their concern for Pumpkin as well as for public safety.

This is just the latest dangerous incident involving horse-drawn carriages in New York City, and the evidence is crystal clear: These carriages do not belong in the city.

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  • Well, um the horse was not wild. It was running scared. It also should not have been there and should be enjoying country life with other horses and people who will understand him. It is not the horses fault for almost running people down. AGAIN, HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN IN THE CITY!!!

  • 6tails says:

    I have visited NY several times, and I have seen four horses panic to the point of making the street dangerous for the carriage rider and passers-by. Two times, it happened during the busiest time for Broadway shows, and it was frightening, sickening, and terribly abusive for the poor horse. I refuse to go back after the last incident, nor will I take any students to NY. Thank you, Mayor de Blasio ,for your courage! Millions stand with you!

  • Meredith says:

    Horses don’t belong on the busy streets of New York!

  • LINDA HEIMBACH says:

    PLEASE FREE THESE BEAUTIFUL AND GENTLE CREATURES TO A SANCTUARY ONCE AND FOR ALL!! THIS CRUEL PRACTICE HAS TO STOP NOW!!!

  • LUZ DEL CARMEN ALVAREZ says:

    QUE DESGRACIA Y FALTA DE COMPRENSIÓN Y DE COMPASIÓN A LOS DEMÁS SERES VIVOS, QUE TRISTEZA QUE LOS HUMANOS NO SEAN LOS GUARDIANES DEL PLANETA, SOLO SON DEPREDADORES.

  • Lisa says:

    This is a poor horse saying, “PLEASE LET ME GO TO A REPUTABLE SANCTUARY WHERE I BELONG!!!!!! NOT ON A CRAZY NYC STREET!!! THERE IS AN EASY FIX TO THIS SITUATION!!! NO MORE HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES ON NYC STREETS, THIS IS REALLY A HORRIFIC SITUATION FOR THESE PRECIOUS HORSES!!!
    STOP USING, ABUSING THESE MOST INTELLIGENT, LOVING ANIMALS, NOW!!!!!
    GO GET A REAL JOB AND LEAVE THIS POOR HORSE ALONE. ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!

  • Jackie Blackbourn says:

    Nothing I say here will make a difference! but all animals should b FREEEEEEEEEEE.

  • Ken Smith says:

    Support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban the dangerous carriages and retire the horses to sanctuaries. Let us hope and pray that Pumpkin, in particular receives a nice retirement,One I trust he richly deserves.

  • Lee says:

    Horses were not put here to support humans and they shouldn’t be on the city streets..it is inhumane.

  • please get these poor animals out of the park as well as off the streets. they are treated like slaves. it would be great if they could form a union.

  • Tami Long says:

    I think it’s one thing if they were in Central Park, but on city streets where there is so much noise and confusion it’s not safe for the horses or humans!

  • Elizabeth Goudge says:

    How much longer are humans going to feel entitled to abuse and exploit these wonderful animals, who have served us faithfully as friends, companions, workmates and employees? This cruelty is not to be tolerated. Retire them to a sanctuary now, God knows they have deserved it. Did Anna Sewell write her book in vain?

  • Sam B. says:

    Please stop abusing horses in Manhattan from slaving in the hot sun all day. So sad, and many of them look so tired and thirsty, do they ever get a legal break… And the cars are dangerous to horses that could get hit, injured, break a leg…. Free and save the horses on the streets where they don’t belong.

  • Paulette says:

    For gosh sakes,I thought NYC had already banned horse drawn carriages. What are they waiting for? I wish all tourists would boycott this horse abuse. Maybe that would put an end to it.

  • Carole Huens says:

    Free the horses and send them to a sanctuary where they can live as they were meant to live – free and wild.

  • Carol says:

    Anybody who has been around horses knows that horses forced to pull carriages on hard roads just break down their legs and their spirits. They are worked to fatigue as if they are machines rather than living breathing creatures.

  • Jessica says:

    These horses do not belong in the city for our entertainment. This is no way of life. Please stop using them for this reason.

  • Rosemarie says:

    Horses have no place in the city traffic. It is not “natural” for them and I am surprised that not more do what comes natural to them “RUN”
    Stop the horse drawn carriages and have the humans find another source of entertainment.
    Please, stop torturing these poor, defenseless, creatures and set them free.

  • Danijela Cebic says:

    Celebrities should use their wealth and power that comes from fans anyway and try to help all animals in need. Just like Jessica Biel is doing. Whats the point of living if you aren’t prepared to give back. Too many selfish greedy people in this world. Just sickens me.

  • Ellen says:

    There is too much pollution, noise & safety issues for horse drawn carriages in NYC. The city needs to BAN them & send the horses to a sanctuary.LET THE HORSES LIVE A HUMANE LIFE!!!!!

  • Eve says:

    Get these beautiful animals off the streets! They don’t belong there! They need to roam free where they belong!

  • Sherman Loraine says:

    So cruel to subject horses to pulling carriages.This practice should be banned. ..

  • Diane Pease says:

    These animals are not treated very humanely. They are being exploited and get the bare minimum for care. It is shameful. The only thing these idiot people care about is money–greed, greed, greed with no concern for the animals.

  • N Milner says:

    Animals and machinery just don’t mix!!!!!

  • Tatiana says:

    Anyone who thinks it’s ‘fun’ to ride in a horse drawn carriage should try pulling one of those things every day with a horse sitting in it. Entertaining people always seems to take priority over an animals life. Put yourself in the animal’s place and don’t do unto them what you wouldn’t want done to yourself!

  • Denise says:

    That poor horse, all the New York City noise spooked him and now he’s paying the price…

  • Jan Bowden says:

    Please Major DeBlasio get these horses off the roads! Is this not a good enough message to New Yorker’s to get together and fight for the horses to have a life away from this hell as they are meant to be – in green fields!

  • Susan says:

    When it just doesn’t make sense, don’t do it. People are so reckless with the lives and well-being of animals. Will Manhattan cease to exist without carriage rides? Of course not!
    Will horses stop suffering in the throws of busy streets – YES. Enough all ready. Let’s make sure the greedy little men are not allowed to decide the fate of these beautiful animals.

  • Susan Walker says:

    What tragedy needs to happen before common sense prevails? A horse like Pumpkin is severely injured? A pedestrian is killed?

  • Norma M. Molina says:

    This is crazy!! It is not the fault of the poor beautiful animals. Stop the use of horse pulled carriages and put the horses in a sanctuary where they can be free!!

  • gigi says:

    I know so called animal lovers that think it’s ok for horse drawn carriages to be in NY because the horses have a “job”. Puleeeze!!! Well it’s not okay. They should be in a sanctuary away from the greediness of humans enjoying their lives.

  • Maureen says:

    These carriage horses do not belong on a modern city street with the inherent dangers of today’s traffic and pollution. Please have some humanity and stop torturing these poor horses.

  • Romola Newport says:

    Horses are skittish animals, to have them in a city is heinous, they are in danger of being killed or killing humans, it is such a ridiculous situation that can easily be solved.

  • Rick says:

    PLEASE get these poor animals off the streets of NYC! Tell these ***h0!es to go get a real job instead of making these horses miserable.

  • enrique z. says:

    it is freaking inhumane if there is a such word to keep using these great animals like this. SET THEM FREE!!!!!!!

  • Kim says:

    Put this horse out to pasture where she belongs, they should enjoy life as well not work every single day of her life poor thing, maybe she is trying to say something? Its not fair that they should be with that congested NUTTY traffic I don’t blame her!!! Screw that…Stop the Cruelty… you see it down south to but streets aren’t like New York but they should enjoy life as well!!! they have don’t it long enough so STOP IT NOW!!!!

  • monnie leevin says:

    what has to happen before they get them all off the streets? isn’t this incident qute enough? all i hope for is that pumpkin if ok – excused from
    carriage duty and put into a safe pasture. how about Farm Sanctuary?

  • A'andrea says:

    animal are beautiful creature, living, god put them in this planet for a reason. Must be respected. shall be respect. just like you and I want to be respect. not to be abuse. let’s end the animal cruelty. help the planet. do not destroyed.
    let’s live in harmony. does it sound better than harming others that are so inocent.. Thanks PETA’ for caring and all the ones involved.. to all of you May God Bless always. let’s make a better tomorrow. Thanks to the media. to Anyone that help animals .thank you Peta.

    Such a beautiful creatures. Don’t deserve to be treated in such nasty way. love animals
    love yourself, love others.

  • Cecelia Shannon says:

    Please get these poor horses off the streets of New York.

  • elizabeth herrman says:

    Thank you, PETA for continuing to expose these egregious abuses.
    God will surely bless all on your staff
    And there’s a place in hell reserved for those who destroy his innocents

  • june613C says:

    Enough is enough. Horses do not belong on busy New York City Streets.

  • Deborah Fizgerald says:

    I think that horse was trying to tell everyone his life was not a bed of roses.

  • angela eckert says:

    Get these horses off the streets of New York!!!

  • Patrice says:

    Horses don’t belong next to heavy traffic. Anyone with common sense knows that!

  • Anne Grice says:

    These stupid cruel horse carriages should be banned for good off all the streets.

  • MARGUERITE says:

    HORSED DON’T BELONG ON CITY STREETS. THEY SHOULD BE ON ACRES OF LAND GRAZING, EXERCISING, BEING HAPPY AND SAFE. THIS IS COMMON SENSE …THIS NEEDS TO BE BANNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jacqueline McKay says:

    IT IS DANGEROUS AND CRUEL TO MAKE HORSES DRAW CARRIAGES IN THE MIDDLE OF NEW YORK CITY. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT MANY OF THEM ARE ILL-TREATED AND OVER-WORKED BY THEIR OWNERS. WORKING AMONG CARS AND OTHER VEHICLES MUST BE SO STRESSFUL AND UNNATURAL TO THEM, NO WONDER THEY GET SPOOKED EASILY AND BOLT FOR SAFETY. PLEASE SUPPORT MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO’S PLAN TO BAN DANGEROUS CARRIAGES AND RETIRE THE HORSES TO SANCTUARIES.

    • Ann says:

      Why can’t people make a living without using and abusing animals?????????

      • God loves his Creatures Read Genesis Chapter 9

      • Es ist unfassbar, die moderne Sklaverei, der Holocaust. Diese wundervollen Tiere gehören auf eine saftige Weide, sie sollen miteinander spielen und ihre Kinder versorgen können. Sie wurden nicht zu dem Zwecke geboren, von den Menschen missbraucht, gequält und entwürdigt zu werden. Ich fordere, dass die Rechte der Tiere den Menschenrechten gleichgestellt werden und jeglicher Missbrauch von Tieren unter Höchststrafe gestellt wird. Es muss den degenerierten und abnormen Tätern weh tun – monetär und gesellschaftlich. Sie gehören an den Pranger gestellt – mit einem deutlich sichtbaren Mal auf der Stirn: ICH BIN EIN TIERQUÄLER!!!!! Es ist genug! Dieser Wahnsinn muss endlich ein Ende haben.

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