Most carriage owners have two or three horses. They have two horses in the city and one on the farm. The horses rotate to the farm for their city-mandated fiveweek-minimum vacation, so many horses average four months vacation per year.
This bill would limit most carriage owners to a single horse. A few carriage owners would win the horse-license lottery and get to have two horses. Carriage owners would no longer have spare horses in the city to give their horses days off.
Instead of four months vacation, the majority of carriage horses would get only the minimum five weeks because their owners wouldn’t be able to afford to take off more than five weeks themselves without a horse to work the carriage. Worse, under the new bill, it would be the city, not the horse owner, who would decide when horses go on vacation.
It’s only a matter of time until horses are overworked or go lame. The bill would incentivize discarding a lame horse in order to be allowed to purchase and license a new horse.