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In yet another example of why this cruel and archaic industry needs to be shut down a horse-drawn carriage lost control and flipped onto its side in the middle of Columbus Circle traffic Thursday morning.
The carriage was riding northbound on Eighth Avenue near West 58th Street about 10:15 a.m. when it lost control and collided with parked cars on the west side of the street and flipped onto its right side, pinning the horse, witnesses and the FDNY said.
A witness’ video posted on Instagram shows the horse stumbling and trying rise as firefighters surrounded it.
Police said the NYPD mounted unit escorted the animal back to the stable, where they determined it was in good condition.
“The horse had an indentation on its right thighs. It was the size of a basketball,” said Futrell, a dogwalker from Harlem, “Its eyes were wide open. It wasn’t making any noise. The horse looked surprisingly calm,” Futrell said.
Advocates seized on the incident as part of their push to ban horse-drawn carriages from the streets of New York.
“It demonstrates yet another reason why we need to get horse carriages off the streets of New York City,” said Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS.