If you’ve ever walked around a big city or even some small tourist towns before, you may have seen horses pulling a carriage with people in it. Horses are pretty awesome animals—they’re strong, smart, and loving. But do you know what’s not awesome? Horses suffer when they’re used to pull carriages. Here are eight reasons why horse-drawn carriages are wrong:
This includes the freezing cold and stifling heat. Some horses have even died from heatstroke.
Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds. They don’t belong on city streets.
In 2014 in Dallas, Texas, two passengers were hurt when they were thrown from a carriage after the horse who was pulling it got spooked by a car horn.
In 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, at least five people, including four kids, were hurt when an SUV rear-ended a horse-drawn carriage. The driver was also thrown from the cart.
This means that local animal-control officials are in charge of keeping them safe. But many of them don’t have the time to watch the horse-drawn carriages to make sure that the horses are being treated well.
Want to help these wonderful animals? You can! Never ride in a horse-drawn carriage—and tell your friends and family why they shouldn’t, either.