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What happens To Horses Who are No Longer Able To Work?
From Coalition for New York City Animals
What happens to all the horses who are no longer able to work in the grueling horse carriage business – the ones who have pulled carriages full of tourists on asphalt streets, breathing in car exhaust, on the most humid and frigid of days?
Certainly a life in a horse sanctuary or one on a farm being loved by a wonderful family only awaits a very few. The average working life of a NYC carriage horse is only four years. When a horse is no longer able to do the job, the easiest and quickest way for an owner to dispose of him is to bring the horse to auction – such as the infamous horse auction in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Many of these horses are sold for slaughter – a sad end to a sad life.
A few, however, are saved and live out their days in peace and contentment. To see a few of these recent rescues, visit Coalition for New York City Animals: Happy Endings. (Again, keep in mind, the few rescues that do occur each year are like needles in a haystack compared to the thousands of less fortunate horses that go to auction every year.)
Special thanks go to caring individuals and organizations such as Central New England Equine Rescue, Pets Alive, and many others for their heroic rescue efforts to provide a loving, safe home (for the the very few horses that are saved) to live out the remainder of their lives in peace and happiness.
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