Temperatures are soaring and it is getting impossible to walk around in the heat, but at the same time, there seems to be a debate going on about how the horse fainted. Some say that the horse tripped and fell since this was the horse's first ride, while others say this is animal cruelty!
The heat is unbearable and we all take precautions to keep ourselves safe, but have we ever thought about the animals out there? Sure, we take care of our pets at home, but what about the ones that are out on the road doing menial jobs, like transporting goods and pulling carriages. A video -definitely not for the faint-hearted- shows a horse, still strapped to a tourist carriage passing out because of the immense heat in Charleston, South Carolina on 22 June. The heart-wrenching video was shot and uploaded to social media platform Facebook by animal rights activist Julie Marie Cappiello on her page.
The video shows two people rushing to help the horse and free it from the shackles that bound it to the tourist carriage and giving it something to drink as a respite from the heat that made it collapse in the first place. Like Europe, most of the USA is also experiencing heat waves. Temperatures in South Carolina as well are said to rise above 30C, which is hard for a human to take, let alone an animal.
The footage also shows members of the public, as well as firefighters from the Charleston Fire Department, rushing to the aid of the fallen horse. Narrating the video, a woman can be heard saying: "Children on the carriage. The horse is down. He should not be working. Unbelievable". As people rush to help the horse get away from the carriage, people who were in it step out while the crowd that gathered around can be heard shouting: "Take a car, take a f*****g car."
The video concludes with people trying to comfort the horse by stroking it and patting it, but they were told that it was not much help to the horse since it needed some space to cool down. The video ends with people still trying to free the horse from the carriage, but the horse is still unconscious. The video has received more than 10 million views, and most of the comments were from people hoping that the horse was doing okay and how it should not have been working in the heat at all. But, some of the comments stated that there was a lot of edits that seemed to show that this was animal cruelty.
Metro reports the video was first uploaded in 2017, and a comment supports that. Allison Smith wrote: This is a very old video. The horse slipped and did what it was trained to do. Not get up until he was unhitched from the carriage. Working horses do in fact love to work. Those horses have better healthcare and dental care than most humans. They work 3 days a week, fed 18 lbs of food twice a day. They get plenty of turns out in pastures and do not work during the hottest part of the day during the summer. The carriages are designed to be easy on the horse allowing for minimal effort and energy to be used. Their body temps never go above normal which ranges from 97.5-99° anything over and they are made to sit for a longer time and re-checked. Water is issued on the hour and after every tour they do. They are also hosed down to keep them cool as well. That particular horse was checked out by a vet in Charleston immediately and had no scrapes or bruises. He was perfectly sound.
Catherine DeLatte Becnel added: This horse tripped and had minor scrapes. They are trained to lay on their side until unhooked to prevent the carriage from toppling over. Once unhooked it got up. They cut that part of the video out. I also read these horses are well taken care of. This is a perfect example of a story without all the facts. Audrey Stahl commented: I followed up on this story. What I found is that this was the first ride of the day so it was neither hot nor was the horse exhausted. He tripped on his own hooves. He is laying perfectly still not because he is hurt but because he is superbly trained, calm and is a good, good, horse who probably got all the love and scratches for being so calm and not hurting anyone.