The "Romantic" Carriage Ride
Many people don't realize that Atlanta, Georgia is home to a booming carriage horse industry. While we are tempted to envision romance, green pastures and joyful rides when we think about horse carriages, reality is quite different. The life of a carriage horse involves long work hours, exposure to extreme temperatures, ingesting exhaust fumes, and contending with congested traffic and aggravated drivers. Like New York City, the busy streets of Atlanta are no place for horses. Accidents involving horse drawn carriages have already resulted in severe bodily harm of non-expecting passengers.
(See news story on Atlanta, Ga., carriage horse accident here.)
While the accident was not the carriage driver's fault, the incident still makes it very clear that there is no room for horse-drawn carriages in the 21st century traffic of Atlanta. Animals' Angels has taken a closer look at the situation in Atlanta, after receiving multiple calls from individuals concerned about the conditions and the treatment of the carriage horses.