On August 10, Ryder, a horse used for carriage rides, collapsed in the middle of a busy New York City street, likely due to illness and heat exhaustion. He lay on Ninth Avenue for over an hour—with no veterinary care—while his driver reportedly slapped him, whipped him, and screamed at him to get up. PETA exposed this horror on social media within minutes.
Over a month later, it’s been reported that Colm McKeever, Ryder’s owner, falsified the horse’s health records, changing his reported age from 26 to 13, and he faces a New York State Department of Health hearing.
BREAKING: Colm McKeever – owner of abused horse Ryder illegally falsified @nycHealthy vet records, changing his age from 26 to 13.
Today he faces a DoH hearing. We must END this criminal abuse & PASS Intro 573! @NYCSpeakerAdams
— NYCLASS (@nyclass) September 23, 2022
Making horses pull loads like carriages is cruel. Horses are forced to toil in extreme weather conditions, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. They may develop respiratory ailments from breathing the exhaust fumes of motor vehicles, and they can develop debilitating leg problems due to walking on hard surfaces.
This appalling incident garnered attention from people all around the world, including celebrities. They immediately took to social media to express their disgust and concern that this cruel, outdated tourist trap is allowed to continue:
Heather Rae Young
Holly Combs Ryan
— Holly Marie Combs Ryan (@H_Combs) August 11, 2022
If you pay for a horse carriage ride, you are contributing to this abuse. Have you SEEN horses trotting in insane NYC traffic?? If no one paid for this abuse, it would stop. You don’t live in the 1800’s people, stop using animals for work or entertainment. https://t.co/y2cdHDRxwk
— tara strong (@tarastrong) August 11, 2022
Help Horses: Take Action Now
Never take carriage rides pulled by horses, and explain to your family and friends why they shouldn’t, either. If your city allows horse-drawn carriages on its streets, urge your legislators to propose legislation that will ban them.