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Witnesses: Horse Collapses Into Taxi Cab In Midtown Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An out-of-control horse caused chaos in Midtown Monday morning, and the incident raised questions about whether the animals should be put to work at all.

As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, the sight caught on surveillance video around 10 a.m. Monday was unusual. Two men were seen riding horses up Eighth Avenue near 56th Street, followed closely by a vendor with a food cart.

Suddenly the brown horse, named Billy, got spooked, reared back, and trotted backward. The rider struggled for control, and then Billy bucked sideways and wound up on the ground after colliding with a cab.

Noelia Pasi was just walking by. She grabbed her phone and posted video onto Facebook Live.

“I just don’t think that’s the right environment for them, you know,” Pasi said. “It’s dangerous for everyone.”

Thomas Beckner said he was on his way to work at the Hearst Tower on Eighth Avenue when he came upon the scene.

“As I was approaching the taxi cab I could see the horse was underneath the taxi and a couple of people were pulling the horse from underneath the taxi,” he told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones. “They did a quick check of the horse’s hooves and legs and then started to put the horse’s saddle back on it at which point I just couldn’t take it anymore and decided ‘I’m out of here.'”

The horses were on their way to Central Park from the Chateau Stables on West 48th Street. The riders were stable hands, but no one at the stable would comment.

CBS2 did spot a veterinarian who confirmed he was there to treat Billy. He said the horse was “fine,” and shook his head “no” when asked if there were any major injuries.

Billy the horse used to pull a carriage, and now gives $150 horseback rides on the bridle path in Central Park. But the accident has given new ammunition to those who want to end the horse trade in the city.

“This just highlights the fact that horses have no business being in dangerous Midtown traffic,” said NYCLASS executive director Edita Birnkrant.

NYCLASS is the animal welfare group that joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in a failed fight to end the horse carriage business.

“This should not be happening in New York City,” she said. “This is just a disaster waiting to happen.”


One Comment

  1. Kudos to all these comments.

  2. Maxine Luker says:

    why not show the entire video where it looks like the food vendor runs into the horse which was standing there calm until the cart comes up behind it. the horse didn’t bolt until the vendor then quickly moves the cart and frightens the horse further. the horse collided with the taxi, it didn’t ‘collapse’ nor did it get wedged under the taxi and ‘two men lifted the horse up’ as also was reported elsewhere. so many reports yet the entire video shows the real story, which isn’t being shown because just showing a horse backing up & bolting and being down next to the taxi is a better news story for the anti animal trolls

  3. Last month was the 10th anniversary of the closing of Claremont Riding Academy which was the last and only stable to offer PUBLIC horseback riding in Central Park. They were forced to close under pressures from the real estate marketplace and the Central Park bridle path being overrun now by bikers, joggers, baby carriages, dog walkers and all other traffic that the trail was never originally designed for. This encroachment upon the bridle path has even happened with the endorsement of the Central Park Conservancy which has refused a number of past proposals to put any stable (riding or carriage) within Central Park, other than those to house the Parks Enforcement Patrol. Even Claremont was located two long blocks West of the park, requiring riders to navigate through crosstown vehicular traffic..but ride through the traffic they did for over 100 years, as I did solo for 30 years as an occasional equestrian patron of the stable. As a young kid it was my dream to ride a real horse in Central Park, and after taking lessons at Claremont, that dream came true for me in 1978, and lasted until 2007. I may be too poor to afford my own horse but I was able to rent one to hack the trails in Central Park. After Claremont went out of business, I was able to move my riding activity to Forest Park and rented horses from Dixie Dew Stables, until they were forced to close 9 years afterwards so the NYCDOT next door could expand their truck parking lot, Then I shifted my riding to Pelham Bay Park for a few more years until the NYC Parks Dept.demanded Bronx Equestrian Center to double their liabliity insurance coverage, which up to now they haven’t been able to obtain, so they were then forced to indefinitely suspend trail rides (only doing lessons and boarding). While I never went riding there, Kensington Stables for Prospect Park is now being threatened with closure as well. So I am very grateful to Chateau Stables,NYC NY for bringing horseback riding back to Central Park after a decade long absence. It’s not the same experience that Claremont was but still enjoyable nevertheless and their horses are gentle and friendly. The continuing political efforts by NYCLASS and their groups would put an end to all of that for me. So where then would someone like me go to ride a real horse? I’ll never be able to own one. I fully support PUBLIC (hire) horseback riding in Central Park and other city parks. If you don’t believe horses should be plodding through Midtown Manhattan traffic, then put a **PUBLIC** rental RIDING STABLE INSIDE CENTRAL PARK.

    1. I hope you are able to continue to ride in Central Park, but another option available for you would be to lease a horse outside the city. Leases can be customized to whatever your needs are. All it takes is two willing parties and a horse owner who could use some extra cash.

  4. If we were to ban every mode of transportation that has had even a minor accident, the streets of NYC would be empty.

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