2007 · Unrated · 50m
Blinders takes a critical look at the Horse-Drawn Carriage industry. Throughout the year, tourists from around the world travel to Central Park to ride in one of New York’s famous horse-drawn carriages. Yet the future of this industry is the subject of a highly charged debate being aired on the streets, in the press and at City Hall.
Carriage operators say that horse-drawn carriages should stay because they are a cherished symbol of New York City that bring in tourist dollars. Animal rights activists say the industry should be banned because it’s inhumane and unsafe. They believe Hollywood has romanticized horse-drawn carriages and claim that life on congested city streets is anything but romantic for nervous, prey animals.
As a result of three fatal accidents since 2006 and a bill introduced at City Hall to ban horse-drawn carriages from NYC, the plight of the NYC carriage horses is now in the public eye more than ever before. But the public doesn’t know much more than what they see on the streets and in the news.
Through original footage was taken with hidden cameras and interviews with carriage drivers, veterinarians, accident witnesses, animal rights activists, politicians, tourists, residents who live near the horses and people who have rescued NYC carriage horses from slaughter, Blinders takes viewers behind the scenes to expose the truth behind the tradition.
About the Filmmakers
Blinders was produced by McMoss Productions and directed by Donny Moss. Find out more about the film at blindersthemovie.com.
“This award-winning documentary is thorough, thought-provoking, and needed. It pushes the envelope, forcing us all to take a second look at an industry that many have turned a blind eye to for far too long. Allowing for commentary from both sides of the debate, this film provides a fair representation of the issue at hand – should horse-drawn carriages be banned from NYC? After watching this film, my answer to this question is a resounding yes!” – Esmerelda, Amazon.com
“This is a powerful documentary about the day-to-day reality of life as a carriage horse on New York City streets. This is must see for anyone who would ever consider taking a carriage ride. It will change your mind.” – Jill Weitz, Amazon
“This film was an excellent view! It is very educational, I learned so much from watching this. As someone who cares about the plight of carriage horses, I was astonished to learn all of the ways that this industry violates laws and restrictions. I was also motivated to get more involved and to try to help these horses and stop the cruelty. The stories that the individuals gave were very compelling. I couldn’t believe some of the things they said, the way some activists were treated by carriage drivers! If you are someone who considers yourself a lover of all animals and someone who wants to learn, please watch this movie.” – S. Harvelle, Amazon