I was recently in downtown Asheville and was dismayed to see a horse pulling a carriage full of passengers. As a person who has spent a considerable amount of time around a well-cared-for 32-year-old quarter horse with 12 acres of shaded pasture, I felt sympathy for the horse pulling an extremely heavy load on a busy street.
Since it was a hot day and because I thought the horse was in some distress, I called the city of Asheville’s Animal Services unit and was directed to www.ashevillenc.gov, where I found an ordinance which states, among other things, that no animal shall pull horse-drawn carriages when the heat index is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The city employee at Animal Services with whom I spoke advised me to notify any city police officer who would speak with the carriage driver about possible ordinance violations (and hopefully take them off of the road).
I encourage others to notify law enforcement when they believe that the horse-drawn carriage ordinance is being violated. Personally, I don’t think we should have horses pulling people around at all in our animal-loving city, but until such time as a horse carriage ban is enacted, horses should not be out in extreme heat nor cold.
— Joe Walsh