Hey Asheville, let’s get rid of the urban carriage rides? I went to a screening of Blinders hosted by Asheville Voice for Animals, and it was about the dangers to horses-drawing carriages in urban settings. It opened my eyes to the risk this seemingly idyllic pastime presents to the horse.
It’s not something you think about, but traffic accidents happen all the time, and a slow-moving vehicle like a horse-drawn carriage is more likely to be involved in an accident due to its slow pace. Seems wrong to subject an animal to that level of danger — soft flesh and breakable bones in close proximity alongside metal vehicles. The carriage rides at Biltmore Estate don’t have this traffic risk — it’s private property — so I’m not speaking against Biltmore’s in this context.
But I think that Asheville is a progressive and conscientious enough of a town that we can acknowledge that the street-traffic risk to the animal is a higher priority than someone’s desire to exploit the animal for entertainment, be it tourist or operator. It’s not like the horse has a say in the matter.
Let’s not wait until a horse is maimed or killed before we act. Exploitation is inappropriate in our enlightened times and not something we ought to offer in Asheville city streets.
— C.J. Sellers
Asheville Voice for Animals