Photo by myself on 59th Street, near Sixth Avenue.
There are always carriage horses standing along Central Park South, waiting to take visitors out for a spin. Some wear feathers and pull decorated cars. This horse was trying to enjoy a meal, but for the pigeons.
This photo commemorates the Kentucky Derby, which ran on Saturday.
Animal lovers will be happy to know that humane laws protect the carriage horses in New York. The ASPCA ensures that the horses are not worked more than nine hours a day, and never work in weather under 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many animal rights advocacy groups trying to eradicate the carriages, at war with the carriage drivers, who care for their animals. I'm glad there are people looking out for the horses. It's surprising how often I think about the horses, on the very hot and very cold days.
To view the humane laws protecting the carriage horses, click here.
To read about the carriage trade from a driver's point of view, click here.
Related posts: Heigh-Ho, Riding High and Not So Wild Horses.