ISSUE #6: FEED AND STALL CARE

Ordinance requires feeding a working animal an undefined “adequate amount.”

Note this horse’s hooves and muzzle. His hooves are a green tint as is his muzzle.  This barn was found, in the Independent Vet Review, to use chlorine bleach to clean stalls. Chlorine bleach is dangerous when used in stalls because combined with ammonia, or horse urine, it can create a toxic gas, called chloramine vapor and hydrazine, in those stalls forcing the horse to breathe the toxic vapor.  

OVERSIGHT BY CARRIAGE OPERATORS.

FOOD 

**City of Charleston Ordinance**

  • "Animals shall receive an adequate amount of equine feed daily, which is free from contamination, sufficient in quantity, having nutritional value, and be provided frequently enough to meet normal daily requirements for the animal's condition, special needs, environmental factors and size of the animal so as to maintain a healthy flesh" Chap 29. Article V. Div 1. § 29-212 (h)(1)

  • "Clean drinking water free from contamination shall be available to an out of service animal at all times" Chap 29. Article V. Div 1. § 29-212 (h)(2)

  • "Out of service animals shall at all times have access to salt in a block or loose form" Chap 29. Article V. Div 1. § 29-212 (h)(2)

FREE CHOICE WATER

**City of Charleston Ordinance**

While free choice water is stipulated by the ordinance, it’s left to the industry operators to voluntarily comply.


LIVING CONDITIONS

Here’s how an Independent Veterinarian weighed in on those issues in May - June, 2009:

  • None of the companies, except one, was feeding the horses enough hay.

  • Herd Health for equine animals is not a new concept but it is to Charleston Carriage Company Owners.

  • Poor Ventilation due to blocked exhaust fans or failure to maintain exhaust fans. Low ceilings of stalls also create respiratory distress.

  • The size of stalls is too small. Dimensions of the stalls are based on highly antiquated practices based in the 1800’s. 

  • Use of Chlorine Bleach in the disinfection of stalls is a health hazard.

    • *Note the horse’s hooves and muzzle in the photo just above. His hooves appear to have a green tint, as does his muzzle.

    • This horse's barn was found to use Chlorine Bleach to clean stalls. Chlorine Bleach is dangerous when used in stalls because combined with Ammonia, or horse urine, it can create a Toxic Gas, (Chloramine Vapor and hydrazine.) in those stalls for those horses to breathe.