ISSUE #2: HEAVIEST LOAD in the U.S
17 Adult passengers including driver.
MOST EXTREME LOAD IN THE NATION
You need look no further than their own statements today to realize that these animals need our advocacy. Apparently, the industry would be fine with a 1500 pound animal pulling 34 passengers — approximately 8,000 pounds (4 Tons) — despite the fact that that is against the law.
**City of Charleston Ordinance**
"No carriage shall be operated having more passengers than what is permitted by its certificate of appropriateness or having a combined weight of carriage, passengers, and drivers that is more than three (3) times the weight of the animal(s) pulling the vehicle." Chap 29. Article V. Div 1. § 29-212 (c)(5)
"Animals shall be at least three and one-half (3½ years of age and shall not weigh less than nine hundred fifty (950) pounds in fit condition." Chap 29. Article V. Div 1. § 29-212 (e)(11)
In Charleston, ONE horse pulls well over 2 tons of weight:
2,000.00 lbs. Carriage (average)
50.00 lbs. Harness (average)
3,078.40* lbs. 17 Adult Passengers
5,128.40 lbs. TOTAL
2 1/2 TONS PULLED BY ONE HORSE**
*Assumes 9 men and 8 women based on CDC data
**Educated guess using CDC figures since the City does not enforce its own ordinance and refuses to weigh loads.