From the Anti-Caleche Coalition https://www.facebook.com/#!/anticalechedefensecoalition
This is a detailed explanation of what’s wrong in this photo by Dene Stansall
“The poor old mare isn’t what you would call thin; her muscle development isn’t correct. Her ribs are showing due to three factors:
(1) overwork, (2) the gait (walk) of the horse has been compromised due to being harnessed, (3) the girth strap (under her belly behind her front legs) looks far too tight causing her ribs to spring.
Aside from this there are other welfare factors to consider:
(4) most obvious, this is a hot day and the horse has no shade or sign of having access to water whilst the driver is touting for business (which can lead to heat exhaustion – in some cases standing still can be is worse than moving)
(5) the horse will not be able to have a natural diet through the daytime – her plump belly is a consequence and stomach ulcers are likely to develop
(6) the harness needs adjusting correctly – it’s all sitting far too low
(7) the shafts look far too long or the horse is too small for the carriage (difficult to see from this picture)
(8) there is a rubber band on her off-fore pastern
(9) the lazy driver has left the halter (head collar) on under the bridle, this must be most uncomfortable for the horse wearing two sets of headgear
(10) importantly, due to postural adaptations (because she’s attached to the carriage all day) the horse’s neck muscles are weak as she’s not allowed to lift and round her back in a stretched position. This not only puts her on the forehand but prevents her hind limbs from moving far enough forward underneath her to use the correct muscles to propel her own weight (and the carriage) forward. As a consequence to compensate we see the overuse of the hamstring (semitendinosus) muscles which run down the side of the tail become overdeveloped – a sure sign not all is right with the horse.”
This little old girl is a good example as to why these dreadful horse drawn tourist carriages should be banned.