Free at home? Animal rights group locates carriage horse Ryder, but says his farm is not a sanctuary

The animal rights organization says it has located Ryder, the horse that collapsed in Midtown after the working animal was quietly driven out of town by the horse-drawn carriage industry.

Activists have been searching for the aging workaholic since the Transit Workers Union Local 100 claimed he was safe on an upstate farm following outrage over his treatment. Now the Center for a Humane Economy claims to have located Ryder after a tip from a horse rescuer.

According to Humane Economy, Ryder is housed at Clover Hill Farm in Wallkill. While the organization says it is relieved to have located the animal, which has gained support and become a symbol to shut down the carriage industry, it also claimed the equine was not exactly in heaven .

“It’s good news that we know where Ryder is. But it’s bad news that he landed at this operation. In short, we don’t think he’s safe at Clover Hill Farm,” said Julie Marshall of the Center for a Humane Economy.

The organization believes the farm does not have the resources to properly care for Ryder due to his underlying health issues. Not only that, they say the main motive of the farm is to attract tourists while criticizing the farm for selling their animals’ meat.

“This farm is aligned and connected with the worst players in the carriage horse industry and it’s obvious that Ryder’s move there was designed to keep eyes on this horse, while the industry provides false assurances that he is recovering and in a place with excellent caretaking capacity,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy.

The group also criticizes the farm for focusing primarily on temporary housing rather than long-term care. With that in mind, many animal rights groups are expressing concern for Ryder’s future well-being.

“Finally, after TWU refused to say where they hid Ryder – a neglected, sick and elderly horse who was abused by carriage owners – we now have a place for the Manhattan District Attorney to investigate. complete on Ryder’s health as well. to the horrible conditions of the stable. However, after learning that Clover Hill Farm is a for-profit farm in the carriage horse industry and deeply connected to New York carriage horse owners, we are extremely concerned that Ryder is not between in good hands, given their constant, callous, indifferent lying and chilling abuse of the 30-year-old horse in recent weeks,”

Edita Birnkrant, executive director of NYCLASS, told amNewYork Metro. “Ryder belongs to a legitimate sanctuary that guarantees lifelong love and care, not a farm that slaughters animals.

After Ryder’s collapse on August 10, Ryder was believed to be around 30 years old by an NYPD vet, who has activists claiming legal ramifications.

Even so, Christina Hansen, communications officer for Historic Horse Carriages in Central Park, accused animal rights activists of splitting their hairs over terminology and refuted claims that Ryder was in additional danger at his new farm. .

“The word ‘sanctuary’ has no meaning in terms of horse care. There are millions of horse owners providing excellent care for their horses without depending on donations to pay for the animals,” Hansen said. “Nonprofits are particularly sensitive to economic downturns as it impacts donations, and animals have had to be rescued from rescues. ‘Sanctuaries’ are business ventures and should be run like businesses – and they pay the salaries of their staff Ryder will be better off with a horse professional who doesn’t need to exploit him for donations and who won’t use him to advance a political agenda.

Christy J. Olson