Ryder, the carriage horse who collapsed on a street in Manhattan, New York, earlier this month, was malnourished and much older than the driver claimed. As reported by the NY Post, Ian McKeever, Ryder’s owner and the driver on the day the horse collapsed, told responding police officers that his horse was 13-years-old. Ryder is actually 28 to 30 years of age.
Witnesses of Ryder’s collapse were outraged when they saw McKeever repeatedly whip his horse in an effort to get him to stand.
After an hour, the exhausted horse was finally back on his feet.
Though Tony Utano, President of Transport Workers Union Local 100, stated that people should not “rush to judgment” about Ryder’s collapse, it appears that the senior horse was indeed exhausted on the day that he went down.
According to the Post, the horse has been retired and he is now living on an upstate farm. Activists fear that is not truly the case. Edita Birnkrant, executive director of the animal rights group NYCLASS, told the news agency:
“How can anyone possibly believe a word they say? We are very concerned that Ryder will simply be euthanized by the same callous people who knowingly forced him to pull a carriage while sick, malnourished and elderly.”
Prior article about Ryder’s collapse in Manhattan at this link.
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