NYC stable that housed fallen carriage horse keeps animals in poor conditions

NYC stable that housed fallen carriage horse keeps animals in poor conditions

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A privately run Manhattan stable that housed the carriage horse which collapsed in Hell’s Kitchen earlier this month keeps at least nine emaciated steeds in cramped, dingy stalls, according to disturbing footage provided to The Post.

The clip, recorded Wednesday by the horse rescue group Unbridled Heroes Project, provided a heartbreaking look at conditions at the West Side Livery stable on West 38th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, the group said.

At least nine horses with protruding bones are seen standing in tightly confined stalls with soiled floors and minimal bedding, the video shows.

Footage shows deteriorating conditions inside the West Side Livery stable at 538 W 38 St. in Manhattan.
Footage shows deteriorating conditions inside the West Side Livery stable at West 38 Street in Manhattan.
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Horses inside the crumbing West Side Livery stable appear to be severely malnourished.
Ryder, the carriage horse who collapsed, retired upstate following the incident.
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“This is neglect and cruelty very much of equal [degree] to what we see at the kill pens,” where horses are held before being auctioned off for slaughter, said Unbridled CEO Amy McCambridge-Steppe, whose organization partners veterans with rescued horses, referring to spaces where horses are kept before slaughter.

The alleged problems at the stable noted by McCambridge-Steppe include:

  • Horses so malnourished their ribs were visible through their skin.
  • Stalls too small for the horses to lie down or horses tied up and unable to turn around.
  • Minimal bedding on the floor.

“The conditions are absolutely horrific,” she said.

Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the carriage drivers, said in a statement to The Post that the stalls at the 38th Street stable are at least 60 square feet and allow for horses to turn around and lie down, in accordance with New York City law.  

The recording, which McCambridge-Steppe said her organization’s members obtained during a visit to the stable, comes amid outrage over the treatment of Ryder, a carriage horse who collapsed on Aug. 10.

Ryder’s owner, Ian McKeever, sparked public fury when he was captured on video repeatedly whipping the animal in a bid to get it on its feet.

Ryder was retired to an upstate farm. An NYPD spokesperson said that it is investigating McKeever.

“What we saw in the video is disgraceful,” said City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens), who has been leading the charge among elected officials to ban the city’s horse carriage industry and provided the video to The Post.

Holden currently has legislation before council that would ban the horse carriage industry and replace it with electric carriages. So far, just 14 of 51 pols have signed on.

He has blamed the TWU for pressuring many of his colleagues not to back the bill.

Carriage involved in yesterdays accident.
City Councilman Robert Holden is leading a push a ban the horse carriage industry from the Big Apple.
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One horse inside the West Side Livery stable has a large exposed gash on its head.
A video captured Ryder being repeatedly whipped, leading to public outcry.
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“This is an animal abuse issue. It’s a miserable life for [the horses] to toil in the heat all day and have to go back to a stable where their living quarters are so tiny,” he said.

The lawmaker said he sent the video to Mayor Eric Adams and the Council Speaker’s office, and is demanding there be a moratorium on use of horse carriages until the city can determine whether the horses are in danger.

A City Hall spokesperson said Adams is reviewing Holden’s bill to ban the horse carriage industry, but did not immediately respond to questions about the video.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano in a statement denied that the union was pressuring local pols. 

“We are asking Council members to talk directly to us about any concerns so we can explain how this proposed legislation will eliminate blue-collar jobs that more than 120 carriage drivers and owners rely on to put food on the table, pay their rent, and send their kids to college, and how nobody wants to put electric vehicles capable of going up to 25 mph in the now car-free park,” Utano said

 A manager for West Side Livery could not immediately be reached for comment, and stable employees refused to comment Saturday.

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