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The DC Code: § 8-2005 Care and use of horses in horse-drawn carriage trade.

Index8 Environmental and Animal Control and Protection (Refs & Annos)
a
An owner, operator, or custodian of a horse engaged in the horse-drawn carriage trade shall:
1
Not use, work, drive, ride, or require labor from a horse for more than 8 hours in any 24-hour period;
2
Provide for adequate rest periods for a horse during the 8 hours of use;
3
Provide the horse with food and drinking water from a clean container of sufficient size and in good condition during the regular intervals during the 8 hours of use;
4
Drape the body of the horse from forelegs to hind legs with a warm covering during times of cold or inclement weather;
5
Park the horse in an area of shade whenever practicable during rest periods;
6
Not overdrive or overload a horse as evidenced by physical stress, strain, or exhaustion of the horse; and
7
Not beat or prod a horse to maintain a fast gait in any way that will cause pain or injury to the horse.
b
An owner, operator, or custodian of a horse engaged in the horse-drawn carriage trade shall not use a horse to draw a carriage unless:
1
The horse is in good health in accordance with standards established by the Mayor by rule;
2
The horse weighs at least 1,100 pounds; and
3
The hooves of the horse are properly shod and trimmed utilizing rubber compound shoes on the front 2 hooves and either rubber or open steel borium cork tip shoes on the 2 rear hooves.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 6-1035. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 8-224, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 8-2001. For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-68, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 8-2003. DC CODE § 8-2005 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Mar. 7, 1991, D.C. Law 8-224, § 6, 38 DCR 207; Feb. 5, 1994, D.C. Law 10-68, § 16(b), 40 DCR 6311.)