Friends of NYC Carriage Horses


Friends of NYC Carriage Horses is a grassroots social action group that supports the NYC carriage horses. Through actions such as counter-protesting animal rights groups, providing material and human resources, and mobilizing social media, Friends of NYC Carriage Horses is helping spread the message that NYC carriage horses are a beloved and thriving NYC icon.

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An "insider's" view about the care that our carriage horses receiveIt was close to midnight when I was shampooing my carriage horse's legs after our shift. I knew just beyond the stable walls there were streets of honking traffic, pedicab bicycle bells, people shouting, and the general New York City hustle and bustle. But at the end of the day, the stable was quiet. Breaking through the silence, sounds of the horses seemed magnified, echoing off their stalls. There was the chewing of hay, slurping of water from their continuous flow water dishes, and light pound of hooves against straw bedding over rubber mats. Occasionally I'd hear a snort, a snore, or a squeal followed by a kick on a stall door as the horses interacted with each other. Straw rustled between pawing hooves, circling their stall for a comfortable spot to call it a night. Some of the horses let out a relaxed groan as they lay down for their deep sleep. Every horse, unaware that there were humans working to move their familiarly comfortable hackline from where they preferred it to be and other humans fighting for their welfare to be sustained. (Find out more about the proposal at

“I also do work on sleep in horses and I’ve written several papers on sleep and one thing you’ll know when a horse is really comfortable in their environment is if they will lay down to sleep, and what happened was almost invariably we came in the morning, at least half the barn were lying down in their stalls. And they don’t do that because they’re tired, they do that because they can actually feel comfortable in their environment and they can collect the REM sleep that they need and I actually did see a few REM-ing, so that’s pretty cool.” -Dr. Joseph Bertone, DVM, MS, DACVIM, WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Professor of Equine Medicine on a visit to Clinton Park Stables,

Curious about the living conditions of the horses in the NYC carriage horse industry? The EQUUS Film Festival partnered with New York State Horse Council - Southeast Region to host a free stable tour at the largest NYC horse carriage stable on December 2nd, 2pm-4pm! Ever since the stable doors have opened to the public, animal rights organizations like NYCLASS have had trouble perpetuating myths about NYC carriage horses, like the one that said their stalls weren’t large enough for them to lay down in. Security will be high to keep animal rights extremists off the property, so reserve your spot for the tour at

Photo Credit: Jill A. (NYC carriage horses laying down in their stalls at Clinton Park Stable for their deep sleep 11/7/2018.)
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Christina Hansen is a New York City carriage driver and a spokesperson for the carriage industry. She is a proud member of Teamsters Local 553.

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