Fallen Carriage Horse Said to Be in Good Health, Can Return to Work

The horse fell down on Dec. 4 while pulling a carriage.

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    The ASPCA is investigating what caused the carriage horse to fall. (Published Monday, Dec. 5, 2011)

    A horse that fell down last weekend while leading a carriage carrying four people in Midtown is said to be in good health and has been cleared to return to work.

    The ASPCA said Monday that the horse's blood work indicated "no abnormalities" and said it has also been re-examined by a veterinarian and ASPCA personnel.

    "At this time, the horse may be returned to service," the ASPCA said.

    The horse fell on Dec. 4, and was photographed struggling on the ground near the busy Grand Army Plaza area.

    Animal activist groups, which have long called for a ban on carriage horses, happened to be protesting nearby when the horse went down.

    In late October, a white carriage horse named Charlie collapsed and died as it trotted toward Central Park. A necropsy determined Charlie was unhealthy and not fit to work as a carriage horse.