The horse that bolted off with his carriage and crashed into the Charleston Market Tuesday afternoon has some people talking about banning horses/carriages downtown.
Debbie Hall started a Facebook page after the recent incident in Savannah, when a horse there was spooked. She says these horse incidents prove carriages do not need to be in downtown Charleston. “You have to look at the other side of what’s being used to provide that amusement. And is it a good thing for them? Are they benefiting too? Or is it a hardship on them?”
Hall says, with the heat, roads, cars and other issues the horses deal with, she is concerned with how they are being treated. “
“I wouldn’t have a problem, if they took these horses and carriages out to Middleton Place, and did carriage rides out there on soft ground, not in 98 degree weather. But downtown, the urban setting and the extreme temperatures are an issue.”
The horse that was spooked Tuesday is named Rob. He was bought from an Amish family in Ohio and brought to Charleston back in November. Angela Davison is the stable manager at Charleston Carriage Works. “We take very good care of these horses. Most of the carriage companies do more than the city requires us to do as far as their turnout and their work time.”
Angela has been working with horses for the past 22 years. “This is our livelihood. This is how we make our money. We’re not gonna put a hurt horse on the street. We just take care of them. They’re like my children. And that’s how they are treated… They’re loved. And a lot of these horses, it we did not have them, they would not have good lives. People just don’t understand that. And that’s what frustrates me. And I feel very under appreciated for it.”
The horse and the passengers only suffered minor injuries during the crash. The horse may be back out on the streets leading tours as soon as Thursday.