Health Director Issues Report on Horse Carriage Companies
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The city health department director has released her findings into the health of carriage horses on the streets of St. Louis. Director Pam Walker has instructed Brookdale Farms to keep the horse “Moose” off the streets until he can be examined further.
Walker wants Moose to undergo a complete respiratory diagnostic work-up and she wants tests to check for possible inflammatory airway disease.
In her report, Walker said Brookdale Farms, the owners of Moose, violated law that dictates the treatment of horses. On Saturday night, Moose appeared to be in respiratory distress.
Walker instructed Brookdale Farms not to work any horse when the heat index reaches 100 degrees in any single day. She also instructed that no horse should work more than eight hours a day and receive no less than five weeks of vacation each year. She also instructed Brookdale farms to have a veterinarian available in an “urgent and timely manner and allow for monthly inspections and periodic unannounced inspections.”
Walker mandated that Brookdale Farms provide a written plan by July 24 on the condition of its stables in the city and to make sure horses have adequate ventilation, an environment free of dust, debris and odor. She also said food and bedding must be stored in a separate area and each horse have free access to a salt block.
She pointed to another horse called “Ben” that Walker said has wounds that need to be treated and that Ben should have a harness that doesn’t exacerbate the healing process.
St. Louis Carriage Company underwent the same horse and barn inspections as Brookdale Farms but Director Walker said no violations were found. Walker said St. Louis Carriage Company was told only to continue current practices.
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