City temporarily shuts Queens horse stables

(Metro Archive Photo)
(Metro Archive)

The city has shuttered a Queens stable after six horses died in the same number of months.

The Parks Department told Metro on Wednesday that the city has suspended operations at Cedar Lane Stables in Queens.

All of the horses boarded there must be relocated, parks spokesman Phil Abramson said, after an “alarming” number of deaths and health problems.

Right now, the Federation of Black Cowboys, which runs the stables, is not responsible for all the horses staying there — if the owners are boarding the horses, they are responsible for feeding and caring for them.

But the Daily News reported that horses did not have food or bedding, and one even tried to eat the wood shavings in his stall.

If the Federation of Black Cowboys improves the facility within six months, they may reopen it, Abramson said. If they are allowed to reopen, they will be responsible for all horses.

The Federation of Black Cowboys has operated the stables since 1998, according to the Parks Department.

Sheryl Morse, president of the Federation of Black Cowboys, told the newspaper that the horses died of old age or “legitimate reasons.”


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