End Deadly Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides


Target: St. Charles City Council

Goal: Ban horse-drawn carriages in St. Charles.

A carriage horse named Cash recently drowned in St. Charles, Missouri after it ran away from its handler and fell into the freezing Missouri River. Cash was still attached to his carriage, and it’s believed that he tried to stop before he fell in the water, but the cart was too heavy and the momentum pushed him forward to his death. This death was entirely preventable, and appears to have happened because the handler took the blinders off Cash before he was detached from his carriage. The St. Louis Carriage Company fired the handler, but firing one man does not fix all of the problems in the company and in the horse-drawn industry in general.

This isn’t the first negative incident the St. Louis Carriage Company has had. Last year, the company made the news when one of their handlers let go of his horse’s reins to help a passenger. This spooked the horse, who took off running at full-gallop and swerved into oncoming traffic. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the incident shows how dangerous the horse-drawn carriage industry is in the modern world. Horses are easily startled, and with so much traffic and noise around them, they often get scared and take off running. This has led to hundreds of deaths and injuries of both horses and people.

Cash’s death shows that it’s time to end the antiquated horse-drawn carriage industry in St. Charles. Sign this petition to say that you do not want any more horses to suffer and die giving tourists rides.


Dear St. Charles City Council,

A thirteen-year-old horse named Cash recently drowned while attached to a 1,300-pound carriage. This apparently preventable death happened because Cash’s handler took the horse’s blinders off before detaching him from the carriage. While the handler was fired for his mistake, this does not fix the larger problems in the horse-drawn carriage industry.

The horse-drawn carriage industry is a major risk for both humans and horses. There have been hundreds of incidents over the years of carriages running into cars, horses getting spooked and running into traffic, and carriages falling over. The antiquated industry does not fit in the modern world, and it has resulted in countless needless deaths and injuries.

Horse-drawn carriages are an accident waiting to happen, for both horses and humans. Many cities around the country have banned horse-drawn carriages, including Salt Lake City, Key West, and Biloxi. Please consider following the lead of these cities and ban horse-drawn carriages in St. Charles.


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