We usually Blog the Change about canine issues, but today we're mixing it up and Blogging the Change for Carriage Horses. We've gotten up close and personal with this issue since we live near Charleston, SC and seen the horses here working under intense heat conditions.
A couple of years ago, Mom got upset enough about the matter to buy a thermometer and walk around the downtown horse carriage route taking photos of the temperatures soaring to well over 100 degrees fahrenheit. Then she called the local newspaper and they did a story about it. Turns out that the location of the "official thermometer" used for determining if it was too hot for the horses to be working was located THREE STORIES ABOVE the city streets where the air is much cooler than the steaming asphalt streets where the horses work! The city code states that the horses are to be taken off the streets when the "official" temperature reads 98 degrees. So, while the street temperature might read 120 degrees, the "official temperature" was much less, which technically allowed the horses to remain working.
After about three years of complaints by local residents, the City finally agreed to install additional thermometers at street level for a three-month trial "evaluation" period of time to see if the temperatures taken at street level and the temperature taken three stories in the air differed significantly enough to warrant installing additional thermometers at street level. They brought in a scientific thermometer company, Rees Scientific, to install the thermometers and had several public meetings about this issue. Of course, the horse carriage companies were up-in-arms about the change and spoke out loudly about it. The new thermometers were set to be installed no later than August 15, catching the tail end of the hottest part of Charleston's summer.
Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the thermometer company pulled out of the project days before the new thermometers were set to be installed. No one is saying why. But the carriage companies got their full summer in without interference from the soaring temperatures.
Thanks for reading!
The Road Dogs' Mom