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Startled carriage horse goes on Central Park run

NEW YORK (AP) - A startled carriage horse took a jaunt around Central Park without any passengers or its driver.

The horse became detached from its bridle on Monday evening and ran into the Manhattan park, following its usual route, the union that represents carriage drivers said. It was unclear what startled it.

It looped back around to basically where it had started and exited the park at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, near The Plaza hotel, where a group of carriage drivers was waiting to corral it. Its carriage got caught on an open taxi door, and it came to a stop.

There were no injuries to the horse or to any people, carriage driver and industry spokesman Stephen Malone said.

Advocacy agency NYCLASS, which is seeking to end the carriage horse industry, released a statement saying carriage horses and city streets don't mix.

"It's time to retire the carriage horses and replace them with something that doesn't spook or dart dangerously through traffic and pedestrians," it said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to ban the horse-drawn carriages and replace them with vintage-looking electric cars. But he may not have enough votes in the City Council to pass a law.

"The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels, former "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin and "Raise Your Glass" singer Pink also support a carriage horse ban.

"Taken" actor Liam Neeson is among those campaigning to keep the colorful coaches. He says operators treat their horses well and the industry provides 400 jobs.

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David Moore June 10 2014 at 2:24 AM

Hey its historic it was here before any one of us (including the mayor of new york) and its historic if he and every-one gets rid of this they will be taken history out of the book and putting it into the history book and then the jobs will go down the shitter and I bet no one wants that right. And LOOK I grow up around horses and they only get scared when something that hits them in the back and makes them jump like what happen in this article so it was not the horses or there care takers fault but the person who did not let the driver or the horse know what was going on.

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dawneeg David Moore June 10 2014 at 11:16 AM

Although I can't really decipher what you're babbling about...No horse on planet earth should ever be forced to have it's face in traffic exhaust carting around a bunch of fat asses that are too lazy to walk or ride a bike. NY, Chicago, I don't care where. I couldn't care less about the drivers that will have to go out and get real jobs.

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Tyrone Jones dawneeg June 11 2014 at 1:01 AM

Frankly, this polluted, privatized, overcrowded city is much less than ideal for HUMAN habitation and transportation, let alone that of horses. If not for our economic obligations, I imagine many of us would prefer to steer clear of the carcinogenic fumes, cramped quarters, deafening, obnoxious car horns, litter and feces-smeared concrete jungle.

Unfortunately, as long as capitalism is king in this anthropocentric world, people will be more than willing to sacrifice their own health and well-being as well as the health of other beings to 'get ahead'. The horses are merely a sentinel indicating the risks of our own exposure, both physical and psychological. From the banker's business to the taxi driver's carriage, perhaps we too could all free ourselves from our bridles for but a moment to experience a sliver of pseudo-freedom. As money gets tighter than the time and space we live in, we're no longer free to roam. This is the culture we have chosen. Aren't you appalled?

Free the horses! Save the humans! Damn the queen!

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imisslso June 10 2014 at 12:49 PM

Isn't ironic that a handful of 'horses asses' are in support of Blasio's plan.

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YourFtr June 10 2014 at 1:15 AM

He wanted to go to the Belmont race ; but they wouldn't let him......

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YourFtr June 10 2014 at 1:19 AM

Arec Bard.....win says the carriage horses should be sent as a gift to Pyongyang.........

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cecejoe94 June 10 2014 at 7:10 AM

he was looking for his uncle .....MR ED!

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Howard June 10 2014 at 8:51 AM

Let the California Chrome jokes begin....now.

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Deadeye June 10 2014 at 10:47 AM

Why don't they have the horses stay in the park and not on the streets where these problems acure. They could have a stable in the park it's. This way it'd be much safer for everyone including the horses...

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roborose2005 Deadeye June 10 2014 at 11:15 AM

Did you actually read the article? Try it before you make your comment. Just the first sentence will do.

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jasauve June 10 2014 at 11:59 AM

What would NYCLASS suggest - more bicycles? They NEVER "dart dangerously." EVER.
I'm with Liam Neeson and against anything the world's biggest *****, Alec Baldwin, would ever want.

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