NYPD officers help carriage horse who collapsed in Manhattan

The officers placed a pillow under 14-year-old Ryder’s head and also cooled him down with a hose


By Amanda Spence

NEW YORK — A carriage horse had a close call after it collapsed in Hell’s Kitchen on a Manhattan street Wednesday.

Bystanders captured videos of the horse, 14-year-old Ryder, lying motionless on the asphalt. Ryder was assisted by the New York Police Department’s Mounted Unit. The officers placed a pillow under Ryder’s head and also cooled him down with a hose, Fox 5 reported. Ryder was also given a shot of adrenaline to help with his recovery.

An equine veterinarian thought Ryder might have equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, which is a neurological disease from infected opossum fecal matter. The incident, according to the report, has renewed calls for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city.

In 2019, a law was passed that makes it illegal for horse-drawn carriages to operate when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Conditions at the time of Ryder’s collapse are unknown.

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