If only this could come straight from the horse’s mouth maybe more people would listen.
First, make the carriage tours safer. A simple rotating light on the top of the carriages would reduce accidents by making the carriages more visible.
Then there is the concern of hydrating these hard-working equines. In other cities, decorative water stations are on the curb in a few spots along the carriage routes take. Pulling the weight of 16 tourists who have enjoyed more of Charleston’s culinary delights than necessary can add up.
In these other cities, these horses know precisely where to find water stations, and on their own accord will pull right to the curb to drink because they are thirsty.
Lastly, who is monitoring the continuous use of the horses? It is said that they get “time off”; however, I see the same horses day after day. Time off should mean being a horse — free in a large field of grass, not an afternoon off in their 10 by 10 stalls in downtown Charleston. The frequency and duration of these breaks desperately needs to be addressed, explained and properly monitored.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Let’s make America great again ... or at least up to Gandhi’s standards.