Horses, after all, have paid most dearly for the pomp and pageantry of this outdated tradition.
While New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), an organization that has long criticized the carriage industry, admits the recent plan would be a "step in the right direction," representatives of the animal welfare group say the measure is not nearly enough.
Even in Central Park, horses would still share roads with cars, and, of course, be under the yoke of unscrupulous operators.
"Horses do not belong in a congested, urban setting," NYCLASS states on its website. "They constantly breathe exhaust while dodging dangerous traffic ... confined to the shafts of their carriage and their tiny stable stalls, with no access to green pastures."
Records obtained through New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) revealed the industry's brutal track record between the years 2009 and 2014.
In that time span, there were 12 hit-and-runs, where a carriage horse was involved in an accident and the carriage driver fled the scene, according to Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS.