Late Monday night, an SUV carrying 3 adults and 4 children rear ended a Chicago Carriage heading home after a shift downtown. The 4 children were treated at Lurie hospital and released. The driver of the carriage has a broken wrist but is otherwise fine. Milo the horse is fine, and has been checked over by Inspector Holcomb from Chicago’s Animal Care and Control.
So what does this mean?
Does it mean this?
Horses don’t belong in traffic! (chicago accident) http://t.co/bsmKjFdhP0
— BanHDCarriages (@BanHDCarriages) July 15, 2014
— Equine Advocates (@EquineAdvocates) July 15, 2014
I don’t THINK so. What both of these recent tweets fail to mention is that the horse and carriage didn’t collide with an SUV, but rather the SUV collided with the horse and carriage.
And I have to ask, how does an attentive driver not see an oversize dapple grey horse pulling a large white carriage with a highly reflective slow moving hazard triangle?
Were you paying attention? Were you driving too fast? Were you distracted? Were you on your PHONE?
Instead of questioning whether horse drawn carriages should be in Chicago, maybe we should be asking more important questions?
— SaveChiCarriage (@SaveChiCarriage) July 15, 2014
Radical animal rights activists believe carriage horses go to slaughter once their working days are over.
And if you ask this guy, well:
You can watch the whole video if you want, but I can’t be held responsible for any loss of brain cells. This guy’s a real wunderkind.
Anyway, if we listen to these folks, carriage horses are the wildebeest of the horse world, basically feeding everyone from lovers of Aldi’s lasagna to Fido to that weird kid who ate glue in Kindergarten.
So, these pictures and videos of retired carriage horses must be super rare footage of almost mythical creatures, right?
Meet Roger. He has his own Facebook page, and his retirement was profiled by the New York Daily News:
And meet Caruso. This Chicago horse retired and now packs a little kid around the hunter ring.
And then there’s Toby, who retired after pulling a carriage in his owner’s funeral.
I guess if we knew retired carriage horses were so rare, we wouldn’t have been giving them away to loving families for all these years.
…could the animal rights activists so proudly beating their drums be mistaken? I mean, retired carriage horses running around in fields with goats, packing little kids around show rings, and relaxing in pastures just don’t make very convincing arguments, now do they?
Have a retired carriage horse? Share your pics with us and we’ll include them here!