Claremont Riding Academy on West 89th has closed. Still on my to-do list before I move from NYC was to ride around Central Park so I guess I'll need to strike that. I regret not riding with friends when they came up last winter. Even though I prefer riding Western, I'm a bit sad. I'm a huge horse lover and just being around the smell of the stables would have been fun.
The carriage rides are still here and I've not ever done that, either. I wonder how much longer they will last.
The most beautiful horses I have found while living in NYC are those I enjoy on a regular basis through the photos of Sally, who lives in North Dakota. She photographs her horses on a regular basis. Here is her flickr page and the link to the photo pictured here. She sells cowgirl/western items and jewelry on her ebay site, salgalnd.
According to a New Yorker article by Roger Angell, Into the Sunset - Horse Talk on May 17, there were 120,000 horses in residence in New York in 1908. Angell's article alerted me to the end of horseback riding in NYC. When I left Houston in 2001 the city still had mounted police officers. Those were long gone when I moved to NYC two years ago.