A host of celebrities, including Kendall Jenner and Alicia Silverstone, have shared their disgust at video showing a horse collapsing in the street while pulling a carriage in New York City on Wednesday.
According to People, the New York City Police Department responded to the incident around 5 p.m. near Ninth Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan.
But before officers arrived, video obtained by NBC News shows the carriage driver allegedly attempting to pull the distressed animal off the ground and hit him, yelling, “Get up! Get up!” Come on! Stand up! Stand up!’ as he fell to the ground.
The driver is said to have pulled on the harness and hit the horse with the reins, but the animal lowers its head before eventually leaning to one side.
Tense moments: Video of a horse collapsing while pulling a carriage in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday has outraged some people
When the horse named Ryder lay on its side on the sidewalk, the driver was forced out of his carriage as a crowd began to gather on the street in Hell’s Kitchen.
NYPD mounted officers arrived at the scene and hosed down the horse to cool it down.
Those officers then took the animal to a nearby barn, where it received “appropriate veterinary care” and has been awake since Wednesday night.
Christina Hansen, a spokeswoman for a union that represents carriage drivers, told NBC New York that Ryder received a preliminary diagnosis of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a neurological condition caused by opossum feces.
Response: The New York City Police Department responded to the incident near Ninth Avenue and 45th Street in Manhattan around 5 p.m., according to People
But before officers arrived, video obtained by NBC News shows the carriage driver allegedly attempting to pull the distressed animal off the ground and hit him, yelling, “Get up! Get up!” Come on! Stand up! Stand up!’ as he fell to the ground
The driver is said to have pulled on the harness and hit the horse with the reins, but the animal lowers its head before eventually leaning to one side
Hansen claims that the neurological effects of EPM caused the horse to stumble and fall while the driver was trying to get it to change lanes.
“They hosed the horse as a precaution, but they checked all his vital signs, he had a good temperature, good color in his gums and so on,” she added.
Ryder is currently recovering and will not be working at this time. In fact, he may eventually retire, which is a common fate for carriage horses with EPM as they are likely to fall.
Jenner is among a growing number of celebrities voicing their concerns for Ryder
“I’m getting sick, disgusting,” captioned the video, which was posted to the supermodel’s Instagram Stories. ‘Stop that now.’
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians alum added, “I hope this poor baby is okay,” along with four broken red heart emojis.
Kendall Jenner: “I’m sick, disgusting,” captioned the video, which was posted to Jenner’s Instagram Stories. ‘stop that now’
Cooling Down: A mounted officer with NYPD arrived at the scene and doused Ryder with cold water
Alicia Silverstone: “These beautiful animals are abused and mistreated in NYC,” read Silverstone’s Instagram story
A post of the video by PETA (People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals) was added to Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone’s InstaStory page, where she shared how “heartbreaking” it was to see the animal in such distress.
“These beautiful animals are abused and mistreated in NYC,” the caption read, along with a broken red heart emoji.
Model Delilah Gray Hamlin also took to social media to express her outrage at the driver’s treatment of the animal.
“This is so incredibly sad it’s so hard to watch,” she shared along with the clip of the incident.
The daughter of actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna wrote “ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC” several times in another page she posted to Instagram.
Delilah Hamlin: “This is so incredibly sad that it’s so hard to see,” Hamlin shared on her social media platform, along with the clip of the incident
Ban push: Hamlin also called on NYC lawmakers to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC
Jasmine Takes: Poor baby. When I lived in New York I always hated seeing all the horses standing around in the sweltering heat,” the model shared on Instagram
Movement: Actress Joey King urged people to sign a petition that would ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, which is gaining momentum after Ryder’s collapse on the street
Model Jasmine Tookes followed suit, writing: “Poor baby. When I lived in NYC I always hated seeing all the horses standing around in the sweltering heat.’
Actress Joey King even went so far as to share a petition shared to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City that had already garnered nearly 40,000 signatures at the time.
Actresses Chloe Fineman and Ariel Winter, models Olivia Culpo, Amelia Hamlin and Nicole Williams English, and pop star Bebe Rexha were among the other celebrities who expressed their outrage at the incident or posted the video on their social media platforms .
Outrage: Video of NYPD helping horse was posted to Ariel Winter’s Instagram
Support: Winter showed her support for a bill introduced by NYC Councilman Bob Holden that would phase out horse-drawn carriages in the Big Apple
Support: If the new measure is passed, the new measure would give horse drivers priority in licensing electric carriages and require them to be paid union wages.
Joining the cause: Chloe Fineman shares her outrage at the video of the horse
This stableman claimed Ryder was already “doing really well” and had only been in New York City since April after being assigned to ride an Amish buggy horse
Animal activists – including NYCLASS – were among the organizations who made their way to City Hall on Thursday to urge the City Council to expedite a bill introduced by Councilman Bob Holden last month that would phase out horse-drawn carriages in the Big Apple.
If passed, the new measure would give horse drivers preferences for an electric carriage license and require them to pay union wages.
‘@[email protected]@NYCMayor – the world is watching. This horse, like many others, can die. We must pass Intro 573 to end this abuse! @BobHoldenNYC,” the organization wrote, along with footage of officers hosed down on Ryder.
More support: Model Olivia Culpo also urged signing the petition
Sign of support: Pop star Bebe Rexha also posted the video on her Instagram page
Signs of Support: Model Nicole Williams English posted the story on her social media
Animal rights: Reality star Heather Rae Young had also posted the story to her Instagram, calling the incident and others “abuse”.