We’re on a family vacation this week (taking a wonderful cruise with grandma/grandpa/aunt/uncle/cousins) in the Caribbean, and while we’re having a great time, I couldn’t help but feel really shocked and sorry for the little Surrey horses pulling carriages in the port of Nassau, Bahamas. They looked totally broken, skinny and sore (terrible shoeing and rub sores all over their little bodies where their tack was digging into their skin). In torrential downpours or oppressive heat, they pull their loads: tourists that weigh more than they do, time and time again.
When we got back to our room, I found more information on these “Surrey” horses, and what I found wasn’t very encouraging. Between collapsing on the job, like the one (of several) that died horribly in the street, to malnourishment, their lives look pretty dim; obviously abused. I then looked for any organizations trying to help these little guys. I found a Facebook page with a stop the abuse petition, and of course I signed it (please sign it too). I just hope that there is someone with authority out there to take it seriously and find a way to stop the abuse. I’m trying to find a more organized effort to help these equines; if I do, I’ll spread the word.
8 thoughts on “Sorry Nassau Surrey Horses Need Help”
How can we help these poor horses in Nassau? I didn’t see the petition to sign.
This was the petition that I found: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/826/067/924/ban-the-surrey-horses-in-the-bahamas/
Unfortunately, it’s closed for now. I’m considering creating a new one based on this one. I would be happy to do so if I knew there would be enough signatures! I’m still looking for other options that may be available and more established!
Twitter is great to get information like that out once you find out what to do. There are a lot of animal and horse lovers that would help. I’ll keep checking in. Feel so bad for them. How can people do that?
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I know, it’s depressing …..
I noticed the same thing when we were there….it was terrible! I couldn’t believe the condition they were in!
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When we were there, I wanted to give them each a snack and put a little towel or something where they had sores from their tack. It was really sad.
please create a new petition
I was recently in Nassau and the horses are in pitiful condition. I have contacted several local organizations but can’t seem to get anything moving. This is animal abuse – I don’t understand why tourists can’t see this – how can they continue to purchase these carriage rides!