Cash, a St. Louis carriage horse, was spooked and drowned with the carriage attached

This carriage horse drowning incident happened during the holidays, but it was so sad and horrific that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to post it at that time.  However, we do not want the life and tragic death of this horse to ever be forgotten.  Find out from the two organizations listed below what you can do to help stop this from ever happening again.  –  Debbie

Sources:  Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org
carriage being removed from river
By Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages
This is one of the most devastating and hideous carriage horse accidents that we have heard about in a long time.  Although many of you are caught up in the Christmas season, you need to hear this.  A spooked horse drowned in the Missouri River on Wednesday night with his carriage still attached.  Although the article refers to it as a “freak accident” – there is nothing unusual about horses spooking and bolting – running for their lives.  Their ignorant handlers and the public do not recognize or understand that they are prey animals – regardless of their size – they can spook at the slightest provocation.  The politicians want to keep the “tradition,” animals be damned.
WE MUST STOP EXPLOITING ANIMALS.  You may not be guilty of this but you do see others who are – whether it is taking carriage rides, laughing at animals in circuses, wearing the fur of dead animals or eating them.  Let them know it is not OK.  These animals are not here to entertain them – they are enslaved and exploited for profit.
The carriage horses are not “work horses” – do not fall for this propaganda.  They are entertainment horses  – put to work in an unnecessary frivolous business.
Henry Beston, a writer and naturalist, eloquently said this about animals in the Outermost House, published in 1928,
For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

THE WAY THE ST. LOUIS INCIDENT WAS REPORTED:

There is not one word of compassion from the news announcers, reporters or the officials on the scene.  Way to go good folks of St. Louis and St. Charles.  Shame on all of you.
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A horse drowns in the Missouri River early Thursday morning after running loose in a parking lot.
After an evening of giving carriage rides, the horse’s handler was trying to put the 2,000-pound animal away for the night, but it somehow got spooked, officials say.
The horse ran loose through a parking lot, hitting multiple parked cars, then ran down a boat ramp.
St. Charles Fire Department Capt. Dan Casey says he believes the horse tried to stop when it saw it was headed for the water, but the carriage it was still pulling was too heavy.
Casey calls it a freak accident and says it took crews two to three hours to get the horse and carriage out of the Missouri River.
No one else was injured during the incident.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A horse pulling a carriage died after running into the Missouri River in St. Charles late Wednesday night.
According to officials, the horse’s handler was in the process of dismantling the carriage from the horse and putting it away when the horse got spooked.
“[The horse] took off and got away from the handler, ran through the parking lot, struck a couple vehicles,” said St. Charles Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Casey.
The horse died after going into the river.
Emergency crews had to call out a wrecker to help pull the 2,000 pound horse out of the icy waters.
“We’re not used to dealing with things that are nearly 2,000 pound,” Chief Casey said. “We get in our zodiacs, a light weight boat, not a whole lot we can do as far as lifting in the water. We had to think about it a little bit, put our heads together and talk with people who are familiar with this animal.”
No one was injured during the incident.
This is a more intelligent article but still no compassion for the horse.
A startled horse dragging a carriage dashed into the Missouri River along the St. Charles riverfront and drowned in the frigid water Wednesday night as handlers looked on, unable to help.
The horse was spooked about 9:45 p.m. when its handler from St. Louis Carriage Company removed a blinder from the horse’s eyes and prepared to put it on a trailer to take back to a barn, according to St. Charles Fire Chief Dan Casey. The Percheron draft horse took off running, pulling an empty carriage behind it. The carriage struck and damaged several vehicles in a parking lot near the Lewis and Clark Boat House before the horse ran down a ramp into the river.
Casey said the 13-year-old horse, named Cash, weighed between 1,800 to 2,000 pounds and was pulling a 1,400-pound carriage.
Greg Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said the horse saw the water and tried to stop or turn but slid into the river.
“We are mourning the loss of a family member,” he said. “It happened really fast. Within 30 seconds he was under and down.”
The horse died within minutes of going into the water due to the frigid temperatures, Casey said. The river was cold enough it carried chunks of ice on the surface.
Firefighters dressed in their cold weather suits went into the water and detached the horse from the carriage, he said. The horse was 40 feet from the ramp and under at least 15 feet of water.
“When we arrived the horse was already deceased under the water,” Casey said. “No one or animal would have survived in that cold or water.”
It took firefighters three hours to get the horse out of the water.
Streeter, the owner of the carriage company, said the incident was due to “a horrible mistake” by the handler. The handler should not have taken the blinder off before the horse was detached from the carriage, he said.
He said he preaches to his handlers about safety rules to prevent incidents such like this. He said he treats all of his horse as if they were his kids. His own children were there and watched in horror, he said.
“It is a pretty good hit in the gut for us right now,” he said.
He said he had owned Cash for about a decade.
“He was right in his prime,” he said. “He was a very good horse. It was so preventable.”
This article is more honest with the owner putting the blame where it belongs

Horse carriage owner says employee’s mistake led to horse drowning
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Wednesday night’s carriage horse drowning in St. Charles did not have to happen, according to business owner Greg Streeter.
Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said the responsibility for the horse’s death is solely in the hands of the carriage operator.
“The first thing I wanted to know: 1) Was anybody hurt? 2) Was anybody in the carriage? 3) Where’s my horse? I was thinking that this was all not real,” he said.
Streeter said no one was hurt, but the horse, 13-year-old Cash, ran off with his carriage after giving rides on Main Street. Streeter believes Cash mistook the Missouri River for an open field and by the time the horse learned it was the river, the carriage was alreadydragging him down.
“We went down there and everybody was telling me what happened and I kind of knew what happened,” Streeter said.
Streeter said he preaches an important safety tip so much that his employees get sick of it: to disconnect the carriage before removing the bridle. He said his operator messed up the sequence and Cash may have thought he was free to play.
“That’s the most dangerous thing,” Streeter said. “If you take the bridle off the horse and you’re still connected because the horse has a weapon behind him. Damage can be done and you can hurt the horse and that’s what happened.”
Streeter realizes this may bring more heat in a petition drive to ‘Ban Horse Carriages in St. Louis.’ It`s almost reached its goal of 55,000 supporters, who describe endangered horses across the country.
“I pride myself in being really good and even in the heat of all that has happened in the last couple years,” Streeter said.
A different horse of Streeter’s ran off in downtown St. Louis in 2014. It ran down Market and back to Streeter’s barn. He said it was a different situation where the horse still had its bridal, but was spooked by a truck.
Horse carriage companies are not currently regulated because of a court fight involving another horse carriage company. Streeter said they should be regulated and that he would prefer that for the industry.
At present, the St. Louis Taxi Cab Commission is supposed to regulate horse carriage companies, but it’s currently powerless in the current court battle. The commission even tried to order another company shut down, but the courts have put a hold on everything.
PETITION: BAN HORSE CARRIAGES IN ST. LOUIS, MO
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NYC:  Anytime something like this happens, we send the information to the Mayor’s office and remind him of his promise to ban horse-drawn carriages.  We also ask them to at least enforce the street laws.  We are either ignored – or they will not accept responsibility and tell us to focus our anger elsewhere.
Mayor de Blasio is so afraid of losing union support that he has given them the upper hand  – allowing them to continue to lie about the “good union jobs” that do not actually exist.   His administration will not even see that the street laws are enforced.  He does not deserve to be reelected.  Anyone who is not good for their word is not worthy of our support.
See our last newsletter about Senator Tony Avella running for mayor.

 

4 comments on “Cash, a St. Louis carriage horse, was spooked and drowned with the carriage attached

  1. Shall we say any more! What did that horse do to deserve that! No one should taking a horse or equine off a cart, carriage or hitch by themselves. Even a mini or a pony can bolt leaving the vehicle still attached. It may sound funny to say vehicle but that’s what it is. I’ve seen incidents happen similar at one of our local race tracks. Not so tragic though. I saw a driving class where the horse got spooked and the driver dumped from the cart. The cart was broken to pieces and the shafts broken but the horse survived as well as some of the by standers. Very very tragic. This needs immediate attention as the groups have stated. These horses deserve a better life. And driving a mini, pony, horse and especially a gentle giant may look easy buy requires tons of experience. And you better be able to know and understand a horse. Very, very sad.

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    • Youre right, Gail – it should be and needs to be a 2 person job. No matter how quiet & well-trained the horse is. Removing the bridle w/blinders? I also know of an incident years ago with a wonderful well-trained Saddlebred – owner took off the bridle & left him harnessed – he blew up & fortunately in that case – the only damage was to the harness & carriage. For whatever reason – you just dont do that! And again – it really is an advantage to have a second person – if only to back you up. This was a horrible tragedy. How sad that too many times it all comes back tohuman error.

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