Clinton Park Stables, located on 52nd Street near the Hudson River, is one of four carriage-horse stables in New York City. The carriage industry has lately been saddled with controversy, as activists have pushed for legislation that would ban horse-drawn carriages in the city altogether.
For now, though, the business is still rolling along.
In the morning, carriages line the sidewalks as horses are harnessed and drivers make their way to the hack lines at Central Park.
Stephen Malone, 42, will celebrate his 25th year in the carriage-horse industry this May. He is the spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association of New York.
Malone said that many customers choose which horse they will ride based on the colours of its get-up.
Drivers feed their horses different mixes of oats, corn, and alfalfa, depending on the horse's disposition. Malone said that oats make some horses too flighty.
When Malone arrives in the morning, a stableman will harness his horse and bring it down to the street.
A standard carriage ride costs $50 for the first 20 minutes plus $20 for every additional 10 minutes.
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